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Today's fast-paced business environment demands that all professionals perform like Rock Stars to meet the challenges of the 21st century. And exploding innovation allows everyone the opportunity to impact the future. With Rock Star references, powerful stories, funny anecdotes, and surprising research results, this interactive presentation motivates the audience to create a breakthrough goal that will up-level their life and have an immediate impact.

Key takeaways include: 

  • Managing the influx of technology as  you keep your eyes on the prize
  • Delegate with passion and get excellent results
  • Develop the art of face-to-face communication
  • Achieve a Rock Star goal that will impact every element of your life


Articulating one's thoughts, being able to improvise at the moment and thinking on your feet in unanticipated situations, is a critical skill-set professionals and leaders use to excel and influence others. The most successful and admired business professionals come across as confident, competent, and in control. Based on Orna's book: BEFORE YOU SAY ANOTHER WORD, this entertaining and interactive presentation leaves the audience with tips and techniques they can put into action next time they need to think quick on their feet.

Key takeaways include:

  • Use the principles of IMPROV to be in the moment
  • Always Pause, then apply CPR (Clarify, Process, Respond) to bring understanding and credibility to your response
  • Ensure your body language demonstrates poise and confidence in every situation


My Background

Orna Drawas is Founder and Managing Partner of Rock Star Leaders, a firm that specializes in leadership development and personal success. 

With over 30 years of corporate management and leadership experience, Orna now offers leadership development workshops to large and small organizations including Deloitte, BCBS, IBM, SAS, RTI and many others. In addition, she speaks at national meetings and conferences focused on professional success.

The concepts of leadership and peak performance are highlighted in her book: PERFORM LIKE A ROCK STAR, and Still Have Time for Lunch, which was on amazon's list of "Top 10 Books for Business Success " and featured on a billboard in New York City's Times Square. Her new book: BEFORE YOU SAY ANOTHER WORD, helps professionals master thinking on their feet with confidence and poise.

Orna has a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Northeastern University.



"Thanks for the excellent program . . . it was relevant and applicable both in and out of the office.... and it was fun! Best of all, your passion and enthusiasm brought us all along with you."

B.W., VP Operations, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

"What an amazing and entertaining keynote presentation Orna Drawas gave at our sold-out NC CEOForum event. Orna's stories captivated our audience and her humor made important ideas memorable. We also gave her book: PERFORM LIKE A ROCK STAR to all our attendees."

Rick Deckelbaum, Founder, NC CEO Forum & CEO, Deckelbaum & Associates

"Orna did a great job as the keynote speaker at our annual Recreation & Parks conference in Orlando. Everyone in the room of nearly 1,000 attendees, could relate to her stories and dreams of rock stardom. I would definitely recommend Orna for an entertaining, inspirational and memorable presentation."

RL, Parks & Recreation Association

"Orna had everyone on their feet singing along at our first ever WIN conference. She was our kick-off speaker and got the entire room energized for a full day of learning and presentations."

SR, Gilbarco, Greensboro, NC

"Orna raised the bar for our Women in Technology conference. Her presentations had great stories and involved the audience. When we all got up to sing together, you could feel the energy in the room reach a new level. She was awesome and I highly recommend her to speak at any professional event."

P. Lally, IBM, Research Triangle Park, NC


Previous Speech Topics

NC CEO Forum

Audiology Association of America

National Auditors Association






Raleigh, North Carolina


Available Upon Request


(1) Becoming a Rock Star in your world. (2) Maximizing personal performance for great success. (3)Communicating to Influence.

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