These Are the Top 10 TED Talks That Will Enhance Your Social Life

These Are the Top 10 TED Talks That Will Enhance Your Social Life


When it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is only one place on the Internet every successful person would suggest without hesitation – TED talks. TED talks epitomize the idea of knowledge. Their motto – ideas worth spreading – signifies the purpose of this movement and justifies its amazing ability to effectively spread high-quality ideas in internet’s chaotic environment.


Despite the amazing value TED talks have to offer, there is a small issue with them. There are countless TED talks out there and you could spend hours trying to identify the ones that are more beneficial to you and your paradigm.


For that reason, I decided to draft this article. I thought that instead of spending so much time listening to people talk about irrelevant topics, I could gather the 10 TED Talks that are related to social skills and present them to you. And I did that by answering one very important question. “What is it really that you want to get out of a TED talk?” The answer to this question consists of three important factors. A TED talk needs to:


  • inspire
  • motivate
  • guide – show you the way

So, based on these three factors, I have selected the 10 most influential TED talks every inspiring social magnet needs to watch and use them as a reference point for his or her reality.


Top 10 TED Talks


Top 10 TED Talks – 1. Smash Fear, learn anything – Tim Ferriss



New York Times bestselling author, human guinea pig, chef, bodybuilder, dancer, and so much more. Most of you have probably heard about Tim Ferriss and his achievements. The reason, however, I admire him the most is because of his audacious mindset. His undaunted desire to prove that any skill is attainable and that there is always a way to speed up the learning process in anything you do is mind-boggling to me. We share the same mindset, so he has rightfully earned his place in the top 10 of this list.


Top 10 TED Talks – 2. Your body language shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy



Well, there is not much to say about the importance of body language in our everyday lives. Body language is, most of the time, more important than verbal communication and it can either make or break an interaction. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and, in this amazing TED talk, she proves my point and also goes a bit deeper, by analyzing how power posing can affect testosterone levels and can have a huge impact on your chances for success.


Top 10 TED Talks – 3. Success is a continuous journey – Richard St. John



I love this talk because it starts with an amazing statement: “Why do so many people reach success and then fail?” Success is not a one-way street. Success is a continuous process or journey as Richard St. John likes to call it. In everything you do in life, you need to have two important things established in your head in order to be successful – Success doesn’t come overnight, and, even if it does, it doesn’t last if you don’t keep working on yourself and constantly trying to maintain it.


Top 10 TED Talks – 4. The puzzle of motivation – Dan Pink



Dan Pink is a best-selling author and a career analyst who has dedicated his life to discovering how to motivate people. Motivation is probably the most important force that drives our actions. But the riddle of how it really works and how to motivate ourselves and others effectively still remains unsolved. This TED talk tries to shed some light on this mystery and it is a great starting point for helping you understand the mechanics of motivation.


Top 10 TED Talks – 5. Why we do what we do –  Tony Robbins



There is not much to say about Tony Robbins and his incredible ability to captivate an audience. His body language, his tonality, his words, but most importantly his amazing skill to give answers to life-defining questions, is what urged me to add this video to the top 10 list. Answering the question of “Why we do what we do,” understanding the reasoning behind our actions, and finding our path in life, is probably the first step towards a quintessential reality. Tony Robbins shows the way.


Top 10 TED Talks – 6. How great leaders inspire action – Simon Sinek



Simon Sinek is a best-selling author and a famous marketer. The reason this talk is part of my top 10 TED talks is that it goes beyond conventional leadership advice. It approaches the way great leaders inspire action by focusing on the “why” behind their actions. “Why” is your purpose, your goals, your beliefs. In one word, your identity.


Top 10 TED Talks – 7. The way of improvisation – Dave Morris



Dave Morris is an improviser and a storyteller. In this short, but extremely valuable TEDx talk, he attempts to immerse us in the power of improvisation and its importance in our everyday lives. I cannot stress enough how amazing this talk is. Its power lies in the two potent ideas it tries to communicate:


  • How improvisation can help you talk without running out of things to say.
  • The importance of YES and how to get people to agree with what you say.

Top 10 TED Talks – 8. Turning fear into fuel – Jonathan Fields



Jonathan Fields is an entrepreneur, blogger, marketer, and speaker. In this amazing TEDx talk he empowers my argument about how we need to move beyond resilience and embrace antifragility in our lives. Fear will always be there to prevent us from reaching our potential, but if we manage to turn fear into fuel, we will eventually defy our fragile nature and move towards a more successful and purposeful reality.


Top 10 TED Talks – 9. The power of seduction in our everyday lives – Chen Lizra



I love it when people take challenging ideas and present them in such a subtle and inspiring way. I also love the fact that this was quite a controversial topic among TED viewers, but I also realize that no great idea started without provoking a conventional way of thinking.


Top 10 TED Talks – 10. The skill of self-confidence – Dr. Ivan Joseph



Dr. Ivan Joseph is the athletic director and a head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University. As a coach, he was constantly trying to identify what is the most important skill for a player in order to be successful. And it all came down to one word – self-confidence. Building and cultivating self-confidence is what helps one become a competent individual.


In your personal quest for becoming a social magnet, I strongly recommend starting my “30 Challenges-30 Days-Zero Excuses” project. You will adopt great habits that can help you improve your social skills and master your social intelligence.


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Adrian Iliopoulos

I am the founder and main contributor at "The Quintessential Mind" - A unique personal blog that offers a holistic approach to self-development. I am striving to create high-quality content by investing in a reality-based form of self-help, informed by a deep understanding of psychology, philosophy and my own personal experiences and social adventures.
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