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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Stephen Drum Perform on the X Reel
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Stephen Drum – Performing On The X Sizzle Reel
Stephen Drum- Using the Warrior Mindset to Meet All of Life’s Challenges

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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.

When the stakes are this high, we must be focused, resilient, and well prepared.

As the Co-Creator of The U.S. Navy Warrior Toughness program, Stephen teaches how the same techniques used by the Navy & SEAL 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 the performance psychology techniques and training methods used by the SEAL Teams and shows how it can easily be applied to any high-pressure business situation or personal event.

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, Stephen really enjoys providing the fun that comes from audience interaction and engagement with Q&A sessions.

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

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“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
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