Hi. I’m Soness Stevens.


As the Head Speaker Coach for TEDxFukuoka, TEDxKyoto, TEDxWasedaU and TEDxKumamoto, I’m in charge of making sure that our speakers connect, engage and move audiences. Plus, since I’ve been on the team for years, 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 115 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