Hi. I’m Soness Stevens.
As the Head Speaker Coach for multiple TEDx events, I’m in charge of making sure that our speakers connect, engage and move audiences. I have an in-depth knowledge about how we discover speakers and what we look for in their TED application.
So the real reason I know what happens if you put your mind and soul into getting to the TED stage is that I’ve coached over 108 TED & TEDx speakers around the world.
But I’m not just a coach. I’ve been working as a professional speaker for 17 years, publishing two books on presentation skills and running a weekly communications TV show that you might have seen on NHK or FOX TV.
I’ve also gone through writing, preparing and performing my own TED & TEDx talks 3 times - so I know exactly what it’s like to feel the highs and lows of the process from the adrenaline-fueled excitement of being selected, through the paralysis of having been selected, the seemingly endless cycle of editing and rehearsing, to the last-minute panic before you finally step onto the stage