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Barbara Corcoran

Shark Tank Personality, Real Estate Mogul & Business Expert

Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job, however, that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, when she borrowed $1,000 from her boyfriend and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City.

New York, New York, USA


Barbara’s rags-to-riches story After failing at 22 jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using the unconventional lessons she learned from her homemaker mom, she gradually built a $6 billion dollar business, The Corcoran Group. Now Barbara is even more famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ABC’s hit reality TV show. Highly motivational and sensationally entertaining, Barbara Corcoran’s recipes for success are chock-full of real life lessons. Not to be missed! Ten ways to lead your team to greatness Barbara Corcoran built the largest residential company in New York City, The Corcoran Group, and she did it with great people by her side. Barbara shares her best strategies for getting teams motivated and moving forward, for hiring the right people and firing the wrong ones, for creating an atmosphere of fun that breeds constant innovation, and for forging ahead, even when the chips are down. Barbara’s unique and practical lessons will help salespeople, managers, and business owners take their businesses to the next level. How to pitch your product & build your brand People DO judge a book by its cover. In today’s world, a recognizable brand determines half of your success. Barbara Corcoran, founder of the best-known brand in New York City real estate, shares her diehard advice on how to create a big image, use the press, and turn yourself into THE ‘go-to’ expert in your field. As a shark/investor on ABC’s hit reality show, Shark Tank, Barbara has heard it all—and knows exactly what it takes to get her to open her wallet. She can teach anyone to craft a perfect pitch and how to avoid the most common tripwires. Here’s the inside scoop straight from the shark’s mouth! What are the Sharks really like? Take a five-minute speed ride behind the scenes of the ABC hit reality show, Shark Tank. Do all the Sharks get along? What happens when the cameras are gone? What is Kevin really like? Is billionaire Mark Cuban a nice guy? Are we actually investing our own money? Is the show scripted? Do they get information on the businesses before the trembling entrepreneurs step on the set? How long is an actual pitch? Through dozens of photos, Barbara takes you on set at Sony Studios for all the shenanigans, bloopers, and private information that the other Sharks don’t want you to know. Barbara’s sensational stories will have you in stitches—and clamoring for more!

  • The most refreshing thing about Barbara Corcoran is that she speaks from both the head and the heart. Her keynote address to our group of small business women was full of humor, inspiration, and real tips for creating success. Our attendees left with a real sense of “I can do this,” and that came from Barbara’s ability to reach out to her audience, connect with them, and fill them up with all the possibilities that the future has to offer. She is definitely going to be a tough act to follow!

    - President, Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild
  • Barbara Corcoran is one of the most dynamic speakers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She captivated our audience, made them laugh and gave real word advice that not only motivated and inspired but will have life-changing impact on our attendees. Additionally, Barbara was an absolute joy to work with. She is a consummate professional who I cannot recommend highly enough.

    - Chief Marketing Officer GKIC
  • Barbara single handedly made our conference a smashing success! Her keynote was delivered with knowledge, solid advice, humor, warmth and humility. She was eager to interact with everyone who attended and they loved her! We would have her back in a heartbeat.

    - President, National Women Business Owners Corporation
  • I have had Barbara speak twice to sold out crowds with a waiting list each time! There isn’t a more inspiring speaker in the country. Barbara Corcoran is ‘magic’ at any event.

    - Higgins Group
  • Barbara excites and inspires with her success stories. She is personable and energetic and our attendees thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear from her and meet her!

    - Executive Director, Dalls HR and The HRSouthwest Conference
  • I have never had as many compliments on one speaker as I have had with Barbara Corcoran! She is genuine and unaffected by her success. Her authenticity resonates with any audience. Most of all, she's a hoot! Barbara is thoroughly entertaining and had our audience talking for days beyond her keynote speech. Hire Barbara Corcoran again? I can't wait!

    - President, Fruchtman Marketing

Summary Profile

Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.  It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, Shark Tank Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success. Her book, SHARK TALES, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism.  Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others). During her presentation, you’ll get her very best advice for starting, growing, and expanding businesses, investing in businesses, and converting ideas and “dreams” into fortunes.