Signature Speaking Programs

Clients around the globe trust Henna Pryor to blast Workplace Performance through transformational programs that are science-backed, spicy, and always stacked with fresh tools and takes!


Watch Henna's Speaker Demo Reel and TEDx Talks:

Henna Pryor - Speaker Demo Reel

TEDx: Why awkwardness is your secret weapon for risk-taking at work

TEDx: The new way to brag in the modern world -- and feel good doing it

Signature Keynotes

Henna’s playful and high-impact delivery style works equally well virtually or in-person, at larger events or intimate corporate sessions and workshops. Engaging and inspirational, Henna’s keynotes and interactive workshops and breakout sessions are rooted in her expertise in Workplace Performance, and she loves to use stories and humor as tools to engage her audiences and open people up to new, unexpected possibilities.

Her background blends over 20 years of work with corporate leaders and teams, with a fresh, science-based approach to taking more strategic risks and boosting social and mental fitness for success at work. Learn more about her topics below.


Awkward and Upward!: Your surprising secret weapon for taking more professional risks

Advances in technology have made it easy to avoid real human interaction. While texting, online ordering, and “swiping right” is convenient, we’re losing the skills of relating to others, building trust and connection, and enduring the critical friction and messiness we get from being in proximity to each other. This weakening of our social muscles is slowly destroying our ability to take smart risks at work – like collaborating with colleagues, initiating tough conversations, speaking up, and sharing new ideas.

Risk-taking sounds good in theory, but most of us have a hard time moving from wishful thinking to execution. Why? Because when we have a chance to take a risk in the moment, we feel awkward – and that awkwardness bumps up against our deep desire for others to approve of us and what we do. As it turns out, it’s what we improve in the face of taking risks – often despite others’ judgment – that leads to the greatest growth. After all, the fastest path to major improvement comes from strengthening what’s weak, rather than what’s strong.

Join 2x TEDx Speaker, Executive Coach, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor, to learn how embracing the Good Awkward is your secret weapon for skyrocketing teamwork, speaking up boldly, and strengthening your risk-taking muscle.

After this keynote, you’ll be able to:

  • Pinpoint the exact reason it’s been difficult to take risks – and how to move past it
  • Use deliberate discomfort and strategic microstressors to rebuild our social and risk-taking muscles
  • Create a custom plan for collaborating, speaking up, sharing ideas, and being brave and risk-ready whenever the chance arises


The Changing Psychology of Influence in the Modern Era: How to overcome resistance to move your ideas forward

In the modern era, the new psychology for creating new actions, influence, inspiration, and navigating through uncertainty has changed.  We need to take a new approach to create new actions in our teammates and in ourselves, to persuade prospects, to have difficult conversations, and to maximize opportunities for partnership.

If you’ve ever found yourself facing resistance to your ideas – you’re not alone. Even when we have a great idea that will affect enormous change, we don’t always get the reaction – or action – we’re hoping for.

That’s because we spend the majority of our energy making our ideas and changes more compelling, more interesting, more attractive — pouring on the fuel — that we rarely discover the frictions that are working against us, and all humans have them.

In this interactive session, join 2x TEDx and Global Keynote Speaker, Author, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor, to uncover and explore the 4 specific reasons why people resist change, and more importantly, concrete strategies to overcome them so we can move our ideas, initiatives, team members, prospects, and mission forward.

After this keynote, you’ll be able to:

  • Shift away from problem-solving to a more valuable strategy
  • Understand how being the “expert” is hurting your influence instead of helping
  • Position your idea from several new angles that increase trust and get the green light you need for people to say yes


Dominating Disruption and Igniting a New Standard of Excellence: Unlocking the mental and social skills of success in a fast-changing landscape

With changing landscapes, tough competition, and information overload, pushing for growth and inspiring teams feels harder than ever. We may have achieved high levels of excellence, but that excellence comes at a surprising cost – it keeps us stagnant and quietly discourages taking the risks and tackling the problems we need to tackle to grow today. Why?

The dark side of success is we often focus on what we already excel at instead of leaning into the discomfort of what excelling today requires:  heightened adversity tolerance, escaping silos, and thinking outside of the box. Luckily for us – we already know the fastest path to major improvement comes from strengthening what’s weak, rather than what’s strong. Today, with change around every corner, that means to learn new ways to become excellent at embracing the discomfort of disruption.

In this keynote, 2x TEDx and Keynote Speaker, Inc. Columnist and Author, and Workplace Performance Expert, Henna Pryor will share the modern strategies and skills for skyrocketing your team’s performance, frontloading the new mindsets needed to embrace disruption, and unlocking the innovation needed to tap into new sources of success.

After this keynote, you’ll be able to:

  • Pinpoint the exact reason it’s been difficult to take risks and embrace change – and how to move past them
  • Use tools like ostentatious objectivity and deliberate discomfort to expand mental muscle
  • Formulate a personalized game plan to be change-ready whenever the chance arises

Not only will you feel more empowered to stretch into new spaces personally, but you’ll walk away with specific mindset tactics and strategies for your teams to be more resilient, less stressed, and more empowered by disruption in your own lives.

Prefer to grab the Signature Keynotes in a printable version?

Working with a speaker should be easy and stress-free, at all points of the event. I want to make working with me feel good, so here’s a PDF version of the Signature Talks that you can print or pass along.

“Henna, do you only do main stage keynotes?”

Definitely not! My team and I have spent years creating a treasure chest of current-day content that is constantly evolving and changing as the landscape does. We offer additional content in other critical Workplace Performance buckets, like:

  • Presence, Communication, Empowerment, Persuasion/Influence, and Elevating Impact
  • Professional and Personal Mindset Growth
  • Time Management and Productivity
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Hit the drop down for a list of workshops and breakout sessions — delivered both in-person and virtually. If one of these topics speaks to you, please reach out to discuss.

  • Building and Maintaining Boundaries that Stick
  • Executive Presence and Communicating with Impact
  • Your AI Intern: How to Be a Human Seller with a Robot Helper
  • New Strategies for Modern Day Work-Life Harmony
  • Banishing Burnout and Stopping the Swirl
  • Nailing Negotiation and Advocacy
  • Banishing Imposter Thoughts and Addressing Self-Doubt
  • Strengthening Your Professional Network
  • Microaggressions and Unconscious Bias
  • The Art and Science of Prioritization
  • Unearthing Your Leadership Superpowers
  • Skyrocketing Trust & Collaboration in the Modern Era
  • Taming Your Inner Critic
  • Building a Strong Personal Brand
  • Sales Messaging Mistakes to Fix Today
  • Framestorm Before You Brainstorm: Using Framing to Influence
  • Fostering Innovation
  • How to Empower Your Teams – For Good
  • Time is Money: Communicating in a Hybrid Workplace
  • When to Grit and When to Quit
  • Mining for Values for Performance and Motivation
  • Take Action Now: Frameworks for Better Decision-Making
  • For Sales teams/groups: Learn more at Inside-Out Selling
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Meet Henna

Henna Pryor, PCC is a dynamic Workplace Performance Expert who speaks and writes about performance mindset, interpersonal dynamics, high-impact communication, and embracing bumps in a world that keeps optimizing for smoothness.

She’s a regular Expert Columnist for Inc. Magazine, 10x award-winning author of Good Awkward, and an in-demand global keynote speaker. Her playful personality and insightful talks blend 2 decades of working with corporate leaders and teams with a fresh, science-based approach to taking more strategic risks and boosting social and mental fitness for success at work.

She’s been invited to speak twice for TEDx in NYC and Wilmington, DE, and brings her expertise to a variety of global organizations including Google, Workday, Johnson & Johnson, and JPMorganChase. She’s also frequently tapped for her fresh perspectives by top media outlets like INSIDER, NBC, Washington Post, Fast Company,, HuffPost, and more.

She’s been named a SUCCESS Magazine Woman of Influence and SXSW Workplace track speaker, and her bestselling book was endorsed by NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson and former HBR Editor Karen Dillon, and was named a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of the Year.

If you are looking for a coach or speaker to light a fire in your growth team —Henna is who you should book.

Her session gave our team so much energy (as in, I had to cut my team off and move on to dinner at the end of the day). Her real-world applications and solid guidelines to high-performance growth are pretty incredible.

10/10... do recommend!

Rebecca Black, VP of Marketing, RevUnit

Why hire Henna?

Hiring a speaker who gets your business, connects with your audience, and delivers impactful and modern content with actionable takeaways is critical to a successful event.

Attention is a currency…. and we don’t have time to waste!

Henna Pryor has worked with audiences across all levels and industries throughout her career, which gives her the unique ability to meet people where they are, pushing boundaries, challenging them to play a bigger game, removing obstacles and excuses to success, and reframing struggle as opportunity.

She delivers customized keynotes, coaching, and leadership development programs to established and emerging leaders at the world’s best-known brands, Workday, US Bank, Johnson & Johnson, FIS Global, and many more.

A few ways happy clients have described Henna:

  • “Even virtually, our entire team was glued to the screen! One of the few female speakers with top-notch credentials and high energy, spot-on delivery.”
  • “Actionable, relevant, real, magnetic… and honestly, a ton of FUN.”
  • “Henna told us she was going to light our team on fire and she delivered. She’s somehow able to straddle the tension between a firm, but loving push – one that makes you laugh, cry, take action, and get excited for the future.

Here are 6 reasons why meeting professionals, speaker associations, and corporations LOVE working with Henna:

1. Henna doesn’t just relay ideas – she resonates.

Henna’s warmth, intelligence, and authenticity shine through her keynotes and workshops. She never “gives a speech.” Instead, she holds a conversation with your audience, whether that’s 10 leaders in a high-level strategy session or 5,000 people in a convention center keynote. Every session is interactive to get your attendees involved and give them a transformative, experiential, and memorable experience!

2. She comes with a delicious coating of credibility

Henna spent 14 years as a leader and top 10% producer at a $2B publicly traded staffing firm where she worked with leaders and high performers across every industry under the sun, before starting her speaking, executive coaching, and consulting business in 2019…


Finding a powerful virtual speaker is a must for today’s increasingly decentralized and digital landscape! eSpeakers certifies Henna as someone who has proven her ability to deliver her message remotely – with impact!- using the tools, environment, and skills needed to perform a quality remote presentation using live video.

"Her energy was contagious and her competence shined through from the very first call."

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Henna for our leadership experience. Her energy was contagious and her competence shined through from the very first call. Not only was she spot on with her content and messaging, but we couldn’t have asked for a better partner in the process. She was a delight to work with, her content resonated meaningfully with our participants. We cannot wait to work with Henna again!

Robyn Ginese, Global Head for Executive Leadership and Development, FIS Global

Book a Strategy Session with Henna

Need a bit more info? Find out of Henna is a good fit for your keynote, workshop, or company meeting by scheduling a free 30-minute strategy session.

"If you want an engaging speaker who is authentic, motivational and understanding of what it takes to have a bias for action - Henna is it!"

Those who do not invest in the mental skills and abilities of their staff are going to lose them. Henna's work helped us sharpen our awareness and focus, so that we were working with what is real and on what we can contribute.

The most common piece of feedback from Henna's sessions with us is "I felt confident and comfortable in taking action." Henna targets beliefs and how to turn them into actions, that allows you to understand why, then what, then how.

The workshops we have done with Henna have helped build confidence, understand drive and resilience and practice endurance. With the business landscape where it is today, these are essential mental skills and attributes.

If you want an engaging speaker who is authentic, motivational and understanding of what it takes to have a bias for action, then Henna is it."

John Dougan, Senior Director, Global Sales Delivery & Coaching, Workday