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Barbara  Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran

Real Estate Mogul & Star of Shark Tank


Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight Ds in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job, however, that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. She parlayed the loan into a $5 billion real estate business and sold it in 2001 for $66 million. Read More >

Corcoran is the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show, where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market. She’s also an investor/shark on ABC’s reality hit Shark Tank. In the first season, Corcoran bought eight young businesses that she’s now shepherding to success. 

Corcoran is also the author of Use What You’ve Got, an entertaining business book that has become a national bestseller, as well as Nextville, Amazing Places to Live Your Life. Her book, Shark Tales, was released January 2011 to rave reviews.

As a speaker, Corcoran brings her frontline experience and infectious energy to every group she addresses. Motivational, inspirational, and sometimes outrageous, Corcoran’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach to success. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: Rethinking Failure

Traits You Need to Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Risk-Taking, Failure, and How to Get Back Up

Speech Topics

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!

10 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 Corcoran has heard it all—and knows exactly what it takes to get her to open her wallet. Barbara 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. What are the Sharks really like? 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!