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Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Mogul and Star of Shark Tank

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Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business building the largest and best known brand in the business.

In 2008, Barbara was asked by Mark Burnett to be an investor on his new show “Shark Tank” which is now in its 7th season and the number one show on Friday Night! Barbara has invested in 25 plus entrepreneurs over the last 6 years and loves helping each and every one succeed!

Corcoran is the author of the national bestseller Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business! Her book 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).

Corcoran is a motivational and inspirational speaker and is a frequent Shark Tank contributor on Good Morning America on ABC as well as a frequent contributor to every major network.

Barbara’s new syndicate, Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, allows would-be angels to invest alongside her on Angel list.

Speech Topics

No one knows more about reinvention than D-student turned real estate maven turned TV personality Barbara Corcoran. Today, Barbara is a walking, talking success story whose star is still on the rise. She happily shares her failures, successes, and obstacles in an inspiring story that will kindle a flame in the heart of anyone searching to come into their own as a mature, powerful individual.

Branding may be the single most important key to success in today’s highly competitive world of commerce. Barbara Corcoran is known for having built the most successful real estate brand in New York City, and now she reveals easy to follow tips on how she does it: how to create an image much bigger than reality; how to use the press to get free publicity; how to turn yourself into the go-to expert in your field. Barbara shares her personal advice, insights and anecdotes on creating a powerful brand.

Entrepreneurs, business managers and salespeople alike benefit from lessons in how to get people moving on the path to greatness. Barbara Corcoran, who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, is an expert in the art of leading a team to success. From hiring the right people and firing the wrong ones, establishing an atmosphere that breeds innovation, persisting when all the chips are down and creating fun in the workplace, Barbara shares her unique and winning strategies.

How do you turn a $1,000 loan into a five-billion dollar business? According to self-made real estate empress Barbara Corcoran, you do it by learning how to fail well. Barbara tells the story of how, armed with a loan from her boyfriend and her own gritty determination, she quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City and turned that company into a multi-billion dollar business. A highly motivational and hugely entertaining success story with the big life lessons Barbara learned along the way.

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