have chris speak to your organization

Chris Hutchinson, MBA, is CEO and Abundance Influencer of Trebuchet Group – a high-energy organizational improvement firm that helps teams get the breakthrough performance everyone deserves. Chris has over 20 years of experience as a leader, facilitator, leadership mentor and coach of leaders and teams in military, public, and private companies and not-for-profit organizations.

If you are looking for a speaker who will read dozens of PowerPoint slides, Chris is not for you.

Instead, Chris goes beyond the typical “intellectual exercise” presentation style. He engages you in evaluating your own approach, uses clear analogies and mental models to help you see things differently, provides simple exercises to get you started, and inspires your wholehearted commitment to improve. His approach is simultaneously practical, comprehensive, and targeted for the “I-already-have-too-much-to-do” leader.

With experience in Toastmasters International and hundreds of presentations around the country and world, Chris regularly receives rave reviews from audiences.

Whether you have a group of 20 or 2,000, if you want someone who will take the time to understand your needs, and customize a presentation to fully engage your group, let's talk about what would work best.  

Here are some typical topics, available in 30 minutes to 4 hour sessions depending on your needs.

Breakthrough Leadership:  Simple Steps to Unleash Your Power

How does a busy leader increase his or her positive impact? Get ready for a field-tested,common-sense leadership framework to help you uncover and act on opportunities to improve yourself, your team, and your organization!  Key ideas include:

  • The unique power you wield when you align your own strengths, vision, and values
  • Reasons why leaders can’t see how their behavior distracts others
  • A comprehensive model to revealwhere to focus your efforts
  •  The leverage of helping others diagnose and fix their own problems
  • Simple tools to shift your perspective and actions to be a greatleader

The Seven Deadly Sins of Interpersonal Leadership

Leaders are unaware of their impact on others. Then they compound the problem by believing they know exactly what impact they are having and therefore not seeking information on how their actions and behavior are affecting others. Join this highly-interactive session to learn how to increase your positive impact as a leader through application of simple models and new perspectives.

Unleashing the Power of Shared Understanding

Inside most organizations is an outstanding team of people with the best skills available – all rowing in different directions, getting tired and wet and more than a little upset. Discover why most organizations miss the opportunity to have everyone’s efforts working together, and how to get the whole team committed to a shared picture of success.

Why True Teamwork is Scarce and What to Do About It

Most “teams” are actually just groups of people working together. The difference between being a group and being a team is simpler than you think, yet is hard to obtain without understanding what makes teams really work. Learn how you can buck the trend and help your team consciously choose to be great!

Maximizing Leadership – Letting Go of the Reins to Grow!

Are you holding your organization back? Organizations will only grow as much as the leader is willing to let go! We will show you the difference between high and low performing leaders and teams and let you decide where you and your team are. Then, we will help you find the way to improve your organization through real time exercises.

Are You Truly Ready for Leadership?

There are three kinds of leadership necessary for success: leading yourself, leading others, and leading the organization. This session includes evaluating personal challenges to being a successful leader, and exploring next steps for self and staff.  Participants will take home a simple and comprehensive three-part model explaining leadership, actionable activities to improve leadership capability, and an individual self-assessment of leadership abilities in the three areas.

More Than You Think: How Leaders Underestimate Their Impact and What to Do About It

We know executive leaders can make or break an organization – yet most leaders don’t know how they are doing it. Join this highly-interactive session to learn how to maximize your positive impact as a leader. From this presentation you'll take away 3 visual models to help people understand critical interactions between leaders and their organizations, 4 qualities of effective leaders that work in any culture, and the 5 important areas to focus on to significantly improve the impact of your leadership.

Chris is extremely creative. He had the entire audience of about 150 folks engaged. I recognized quite a few community leaders in that group that came just specifically to hear him and be inspired by Chris and his team.
— Kelly Peters, NCEDC

see chris in action

Fundraising for People Who Hate to Fundraise
7-8 Oct 2013
Denver CO

Colorado Nonprofit Association Fall Conference

A Tap on the Shoulder
27 Jul 2013 8:00 Keynote
Fort Collins CO

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Phone Skills for Job Seekers
8 Jul & 25 Feb 2013 
Fort Collins CO

Northern Colorado Networking Group (NoCoNet)

Wisdom with few words - Leadership lessons from my Grandfather
11 Apr 2013
 11:30 - 1:00 
Fort Collins CO 

Fort Collins Lions Club   

Sales for People who Hate to Sell
6 Apr 2013
 9:30 - 11:00 
Fort Collins CO 

Peak Performance Toastmasters

Agile Leadership: Development from the Inside Out
1 Apr 2013
 11:00 - 12:00 
Fort Collins CO 

HP Worldwide Agile Special Interest Group webinar

The Seven Deadly Sins of Interpersonal Leadership
21 Mar 2013
 8:00 - 9:30 
Fort Collins CO 

Larimer County Workforce Center Employer Roundtable 

Are You Truly Ready for Leadership?
8 Feb 2013 8:00 - 9:30 
Loveland CO 
Larimer County Workforce Center Employer Roundtable

I can’t change my team, and I need my team to change
31 Jan 2013
  12:00 - 12:45 
Fort Collins CO

Hewlett-Packard Leadership Speaker Series, sponsored by HP Rise 'N Shine Toastmasters  

I can’t change my team, and I need my team to change
5 Jan 2013 11:00 - 11:45 
Denver CO

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Breakthrough Leadership:  Simple Steps to Unleash Your Power
20 Dec 2012 11:00 - 12:30 
Colorado Springs CO


Maximizing Leadership - Letting Go of the Reins to Grow!
16 Oct 2012
Broomfield CO

Colorado Nonprofit Association Fall Conference

Breakthrough Leadership
25 Sep 2012
 10:30 - 12:00 
Englewood CO
City of Englewood's Summit for Professional Growth