Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Mogul, Business Investor, and Star of Shark Tank

Speaker Categories: Women in Business, Finance | Female Motivational | Branding | Entrepreneurship | Leadership | Motivational Business | Marketing | Business Leader, CEO | Real Estate Industry

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Real Estate Mogul, Business Investor, Star of Shark Tank

As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, SHARK TANK, Barbara Corcoran 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. Whether you want to book a woman speaker or business speaker, Barbara is one of the best options for your next speaking engagement.


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 $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. Barbara Corcoran is not only one of the best women speakers available, but also a talented innovator and entrepreneur. She managed to turn a $1,000 dollar loan into a five-billion-dollar real estate business. Barbara is the well-known real estate contributor for NBC’s TODAY Show where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market. In addition, she is also a bestselling author. Barbara brings her front-line experience and infectious energy to every group she meets and addresses.

Best-Selling Author

Her newest book, SHARK TALES, takes you behind the scenes of the women speakers 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). She is also the author of If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails, an entertaining business book that has become a national best-seller, as well as Nextville, Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life.

Keynote Speaker

As a premier business speaker, Barbara brings her front-line experience and infectious energy to every audience she addresses. Motivational, inspirational, and sometimes outrageous, Barbara Corcoran’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach to success. 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.

Barbara’s Rags to Riches Story

How do you turn a $1,000 loan into a five-billion dollar business? According to self-made real estate empress and TV personality Barbara Corcoran, you do it by learning how to fail well. During her business speaking engagement, Barbara tells the story of how, armed with a $1000 loan 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. Barbara describes what it’s like to go from a tiny start up to New York City’s largest real estate company to a major TV personality as the real estate contributor to the NBC TODAY Show and a shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, and how she overcame the many obstacles along the way. A highly motivational and hugely entertaining success story.

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. The motivational speaker 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.

What are the Sharks really like?

Take a five-minute speed ride behind the scenes of the ABC hit reality show, Shark Tank. One of the most famous women speakers will answer many questions during the speaking engagement. 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. As a famous speaker, Barbara’s sensational stories will have you in stitches—and clamoring for more!

How to pitch your product & build your brand

As one of the most famous women speakers, Barbara knows first hand that 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 Corcoran has heard it all—and knows exactly what it takes to get her to open her wallet. The business speaker 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!

Reinventing Yourself at Any Age

No one knows more about reinvention than D-student turned real estate maven turned TV personality Barbara Corcoran. She first ‘reinvented’ herself when her business partner and boyfriend ran off with her secretary. He swore she’d never succeed without him and, although she believed him for a moment, she ultimately triumphed by creating The Corcoran Group. When she sold that business thirty years later for $66 million, she was surprised to learn that simply riding off into the sunset wasn’t for her. Reinventing herself again at age 55 turned out to be a daunting challenge—she had trouble picking out what to wear in the morning, let alone picking up the phone to ask for what she wanted, she was so unsure of who she was. Today, as a shark on the new ABC reality show Shark Tank and the real estate contributor to NBC’s TODAY Show, she is a walking, talking success story whose star is still on the rise. And she happily shares her failures, her successes, and the obstacles she learned to overcome 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.

  • Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
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  • Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life
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  • Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
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  • “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!”

    Dalls HR and The HRSouthwest Conference
    Diane McClendon, Executive Director
  • “With her wit, wisdom and wild sense of humor, Barbara wowed the professional women at our 2014 NAPW National Networking Conference! An absolute major force in the business world, she is a bold, courageous, and brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent. Her business counsel left our conference attendees in awe and completely inspired. I am proud and honored to call Barbara my friend and colleague.”

    National Association of Professional Women & Professional Diversity Network
    Star Jones, President
  • “Barbara brings a priceless level of charm, humor, and intelligence. She has the ability to inspire and connect deeply with her audience. Everyone left the session with great excitement to put Barbara’s takeaways into practice”

    Co-Communications, Inc.
    Stacey Cohen, President & CEO
  • “Barbara was, of course, FABULOUS! She really set the bar high for our speaker series and we have no idea how we’re going to “top” her next year!”

    First Commerce Credit Union
    Kimberly Howes, Brand Manager
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