Stephen Drum

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Helping Individuals & Organizations Develop Leadership and Performance Strategies, so they can Plan, Prepare, and Execute at the Highest Levels when it Matters Most.

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6 Video(s) By This Presenter

Sizzle Reel
My Story
Stephen Drum Perform on the X Reel
Stephen Drum- Using the Warrior Mindset to Meet All of Life’s Challenges
Perform On The X – Achieve Optimal Performance When The Pressure Is On
Performing on the X

4 Programs By This Presenter

Work, family, relationships—life is demanding. A high-stress situation, or being on the X where all the pressures converge, could be right around the corner. How will you confront it? Your ability to succeed in stressful and challenging situations and seize opportunities depends on how you show up to face these moments. When you’re up against obstacles, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. But the battles you face are won when you prepare for life on the X.

Life on the X shares strategies used by the world’s highest performers. In this guide, you will discover tactics that elite athletes, military special operators, and successful business leaders use to thrive under pressure and deliver world-class results.

You can triumph when you are deliberate in how you prepare for, execute, and assess your actions in the most important moments in your life. By learning the skills and methods of top-performers, you can meet the X with courage and confidence.

Are you ready to bring your A game to life?

In the SEAL Teams, the X refers to the most critical and dangerous point of the operation; fast roping from a helicopter onto the rooftop of an enemy building, a coordinated attack on an enemy compound, or operating deep behind enemy lines. This is the point of NO RETURN where a SEAL must be at their best.

No matter where and no matter the circumstance, it’s critical that SEALs perform at their best “on the X” in each of these moments.

While in the boardroom instead of the battlefield it may not be life or death, but there are still critical moments where the pressure is on, and we absolutely need to bring our A-game. 


Session outcomes:

Learn the framework process for preparing and executing in high-stakes or challenging situations which include: Commit, Prepare, Execute and Reflect

Learn critical stress management techniques for successfully responding to stressors in professional AND personal settings

Discuss goal planning and execution strategies for prioritizing and performing in a fluid and stressful environment.

Learn and perform mindfulness and performance psychology skills for increased resilience and focus during stressful periods and situations.

Sample Workshop Format:

Opening story and Commit content

  • Purpose and personal philosophy 
  • Objectives and goals
  • Obstacle forecasting
  • What are some potential obstacles to our success?  Daily and long-term

Story and Prepare content

  • Performance Psychology skills
  • Skill development practical
  • Recalibrate-breathing exercise/Breathing habit training

Story and Execute content

  • Situational Awareness
  • Variable Focus
  • Agility/Flexibility 
  • Scenario Discussion on above content

Story and Reflect content

  • Your process for: Assess, Analyze, Reflect

Giving and receiving feedback

Body Scan or Progressive muscle relaxation exercise

Closing Comments and wrap-up

As the Co-Creator of The U.S. Navy Warrior Toughness program, Stephen teaches how the same techniques used by the Navy & SEALs, elite athletes, and top-performing CEOs operators can be applied to leading & developing high-performance teams in business as well as by individuals in their personal and professional lives.

In this presentation, Stephen shares proven performance psychology techniques and training methods used by the world’s most elite performers and shows how it can easily be applied to any high-pressure business situation or personal event. Each presentation will be customized around the audience’s specific goals and challenges

After you learn to perform on the X, you and your teams will not only learn to face challenge and adversity with courage and resilience, but you’ll also learn concrete methods that will allow for: Increased Employee Engagement, Stronger Collaboration, High-Performance Under Pressure, Agility, Stress Management, Increased EQ, Proven Preparation and Rehearsal Methods for Important Events, Proven Team and Individual Lessons Learned Framework, Adaptability &Change Management


  • Learn how to develop to true resilience in the face of adversity and set-back

  • Face the most pressing life and business challenges head on

  • Execute with agility and flexibility when everything is on the line

  • Develop a deliberate process to study lessons learned in preparation for what’s next

Implement effective strategies for leading teams through dynamic change

As a retired Navy SEAL senior leader with 27-years of service, Stephen Drum has had the honor of training, leading, and serving with some of the highest performing teams on the planet. In this program the audience will receive concrete takeaways while the emphasis is on entertaining through powerful storytelling and audience engagement. Stephen will lead the audience through a roller coaster ride that captures the intensity of SEAL training and combat deployments, the emotions of service and commitment, all while delivered with humor and relatability. During the session, Steve really enjoys providing the fun that comes from audience interaction and engagement with Q&A sessions.


“Stephen is a phenomenal keynote speaker! His experience with the Navy SEALs and his ability to relate that to civilian life through stories and insights is one of a kind. He’s also a pleasure to work with and a great guy.”

— Wealth Management Solutions, Schroders

“Your talk was much needed and truly motivating. Thank you again for sharing your story and your insights on how to stay motivated & productive. Your content was easy to follow, and the prompts in the chat helped people actively reflect.”

— Spotify

“Steve’s 2-hour workshop for our annual UPS Franchise Leadership Conference for our franchises was very Impactful! The workshop had great structure and we loved his mission statement and message on work life balance and how to manage the stress. His employee engagement message and tips for meditation and reflections were audience favorites. His interactive workshop allowed for audience involvement which allowed for the attendees to share and network which was greatly appreciated and we were so happy he hung around for our happy hour so the attendees could have more time to chat with him!”

— The UPS Store

“I can say with all confidence and on behalf of our leadership team, that your session was impactful. In fact, I’m still hearing buzz about it! Likewise, I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again!”

— CMP, Sr. Manager Business Strategy

“Stephen’s presentation to our sales and medical team was a true highlight that set the stage for a successful meeting and year. He took the time to understand our challenges and meet our people, which led to a customized presentation about how to successfully perform in critical situations-which for a sales team is every time they are in front of a customer. Importantly, he provided relatable stories while giving us proven effective techniques and strategies that applied to everyone in the room. Simply put it was a home run.”

— TerSera Therapeutics

“Steve did a great job presenting relevant, implementable and practical information to our group in an engaging presentation. WE look forward to working with him again.”

— President & Founder Carver Financial Services, Inc., Raymond James FS Registered Principal

“Our elite warriors train to respond with success when the stakes are high. I had the pleasure of Steve presenting to my leaders and discussing how our best, do what they do. It was an outstanding talk. If you’re looking for a top-quality speaker to train your team how to perform when the stakes are high, I highly recommend that you give Steve a call!”

— V.P. Organ Health, Natera

“Thank you (for the deep dive workshop) the team I think responded with the best compliment possible: “Stephen exceeded our expectations”! Thanks again for the Challenge coin! “

— Sales Director, Mid America Sales

“Stephen is definitely a dynamic, engaging, and interesting speaker! His
message resonated with our student veterans in our audience, and they
enjoyed talking with him after the event. Stephen is incredibly professional and also very pleasant to work with. If he is engaged to speak in our area again, our office will definitely be interested in attending again. Fantastic experience!”

— University of Michigan - Flint

“Stephen Drum did a great job with his engagement with our group. His message was clear and molded into our direction and message that we needed delivered to our group. I would recommend Stephen to others.”

— Helena Agri Enterprises, LLC
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