Soness Stevens


…Gets to the heart of your story



Speaking Bio

Soness empowers audiences to reframe how they communicate, find in themselves the courage to speak from their core, and realize their potential to move audiences of their own.  She uses a unique combination of Positive Psychology, inspiring professorship, and creativity to evoke action with tangible steps.  She has helped clients transform from shying away from the spotlight, to speaking at TED, creating movements on paid speaking tours and even becoming the subject of documentaries.

Soness brings out your genius to shine on stage or online.

Organizations Soness has spoken for…

  • TED Worldwide
  • TEDx
  • Apple Theater
  • Disney
  • Disney’s World Family
  • For Empowered Women
  • Happiness Summit
  • iAi NLP
  • Yokohama National University
  • Shonan Bunkyo University
  • Aoyama Gakuen University
  • Global Communications Forum
  • Pacific Bay Women’s Conference
  • Softbank
  • Learnology
  • Pioneers Unplugged
  • Run for the Cure
  • and on TV at NHK, FOX TV and NEC


Speaking Topics

How to Listen So People Will Talk.

Great leaders have to be great listeners.  Same holds true with great relationship makers.  In a world where everyone is vying for attention, the genius is in being able to hear.  What if your message, your idea worth spreading whether on the TED stage, the office or your clients was being lost? It’s not a language thing. It’s about the deeper connection.  Soness shares  4 basic elements you need to remember to communicate effectively with any audience–whether it’s global like TED or as close as your next door neighbor to connect and engage with anyone.


The Power of Emotion in Your Story Telling

What makes a talk engaging? The power of story, of course! Or is it? Whether you are preparing for your TEDx talk, connecting with others over lunch or networking, you’ll learn simply powerful techniques to captivate.”


Having Second Thoughts? Think in Your Second Language!

Having difficulty deciding how to streamline your message?

Do you make decisions quickly and easily? Or do you go back and forth over which direction to go?

Research shows cognitive benefits for bilinguals–especially in management in decision making.  

When you are having second thoughts about those decisions, let this easy process simplify your life.


28 Days to Happiness:  7 Secrets of Positive Psychology Made so Simple That Even a Child Can Do It.

Happiness. It’s simple, right? If a child can master happiness, surely we can too… right? So, why do we always seem to find ourselves in a never-ending pursuit of this elusive feeling? It’s not for a lack of self-help guides. Millions of books, articles, and blogs are eagerly waiting to show us how to be happy. So, why aren’t we happy? In this talk, Soness shares 7 secrets of positive psychology made so simple that even a child can do it.  


Show Up As You Are Now:  Sharing Your Story as You Are Now

Have you given the same excuses, “I’ll do it when…” I lose I’m in shape, when things slow down, when I’m feeling more confident.  Yet, we tell others to show up as they are  now.  In this talk, Soness inspires us to stop procrastinating and take action now by showing up as you are now.


Doodle Your Destiny:  Creativity for the Results You Want Now.

Are you feeling stuck? How do you envision the solutions?In this fun, interactive talk, clarify where you are now, and what you want instead. Then draw, or scribble, a new reality and create the steps to make it come true. 


How I Cook 3 Simple Healthy Meals a Day


What People Say About Me as a Speaker?

Soness shared how to be an influential and popular speaker through her presence, presentation and skill. She engaged the audience with humor and energy and modeled to be the high quality speaker to encourage them. Her workshop was not only educational but also entertaining.

Yoko Youille

As soon as Soness took the stage she had the audience captivated. The room went from dead silent to energetic in just a couple of minutes. I was quite surprised to see the transformation. Soness’ energy is contagious and this enables people to get out of their comfort zones and try new things that they would never had without her. I can’t wait to see her speak again.


When Soness spoke at the For Empowering Women in Japan (FEW) monthly meeting, she brought her natural enthusiasm, charisma, and motivation to support our group. The event had one of the largest turnouts in recent memory. I still remember her asking everyone to look under their chair, find a piece of chalk, and write their intention for the evening on the bottom of their shoes. This unconventional way of taking people outside of their comfort zones and literally asking them to step into their desires is something that Soness uniquely brings to her presentations. She is one of those people who seems to have unlocked the ability to combine a childlike-curiosity about the world with a sophisticated, professional and action-oriented mindset spurring people to move forward with tangible steps.

Christina Hanazawa-Gallagher, FEW, Programs Director