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Stephen Drum

Stephen Drum

Keynote Speaker: Retired Navy SEAL Master Chief & Co-Creator of the Navy’s Warrior Toughness Program

Stephen Drum Biography

Stephen Drum is a combat-tested retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 27 years of experience leading and developing high-performance teams.

As an in-demand speaker and consultant, he helps individuals and organizations develop leadership and performance strategies, so they can plan, prepare, and execute at the highest levels when it matters most.

Drum served in the Navy from 1992-2019 and has trained and led U.S. and foreign partner special operations forces on high-risk and strategically vital missions across the globe, including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He recently co-developed and taught “Warrior Toughness” training for The U.S. Navy. This vital program fundamentally changed the culture of the Navy in how it trains and prepares young sailors and officers for the acute stress of intense combat operations.

During his Navy career, Drum has personally trained thousands of elite military soldiers and Navy SEAL candidates, helping them succeed in severe training courses and overseas combat operations.

His first book, "Life on the X: A Navy SEAL's Guide to meeting any challenge with Courage, Confidence and Readiness," was released March 2023.

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Stephen Drum Speaking Topics

Life on the X - Learn how to meet any challenge with Courage, Confidence, and Readiness!

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.

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 & 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.

Takeaways:

  • 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

Life on the X Workshop

Customized Deep-Dive Workshop (75 minutes – 4 hours)

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.

Stories from the Battlefield

Powerful and Engaging Stories told with Humor and Relatability

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 Drum Videos

Stephen Drum Story Reel
Stephen Drum - Performing on the X
Perform on the X - Achieve Optimal Performance when the Pressure is On

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What topics does Stephen Drum speak about?

Stephen Drum is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Navy, Military, Peak Performance, Business Leadership, Leadership, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Overcoming Adversity, Inspirational, Veteran and Motivational.

Where does Stephen Drum travel from?

Stephen Drum generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Stephen Drum is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Navy, Military and Peak Performance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Stephen Drum for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Stephen Drum generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Redman, Ed Hiner and Rocky Bleier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Stephen Drum for an upcoming event.

Stephen Drum Speaking Topics

  • Life on the X - Learn how to meet any challenge with Courage, Confidence, and Readiness!

    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.

    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 & 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.

    Takeaways:

    • 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

  • Life on the X Workshop

    Customized Deep-Dive Workshop (75 minutes – 4 hours)

    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.

  • Stories from the Battlefield

    Powerful and Engaging Stories told with Humor and Relatability

    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 Drum Videos

Stephen Drum Story Reel
Stephen Drum - Performing on the X
Perform on the X - Achieve Optimal Performance when the Pressure is On
Perform on the X - Using the Warrior Mindset to Meet Life's Challenges

Stephen Drum Reviews

  • Steve did an amazing job! Because he does have such a great presence and presentation skills, a few employees shared it felt like they were watching a recording versus Steve live. I'd recommend just maybe mentioning the name of the company throughout the presentation or making a bit more personal.
    EmblemHealth - Nov 20 2023

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