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Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran built the largest residential company in New York City, The Corcoran Group, and she did it by choosing the right people.

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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 twenty-two businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success.

Her newest 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).

Barbara Corcoran's Programs

Areas of Expertise

#1 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. Highly motivational and sensationally entertaining, Barbara Corcoran’s recipes for success are chock-full of real-life lessons. Not to be missed!

#2 Leading your team to greatness

Barbara Corcoran built the largest residential company in New York City, The Corcoran Group, and she did it by choosing the right people. 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, and for forging ahead 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.

#3 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 off, and what is Kevin really like? Are we really investing our own money and do we get information on the businesses before we meet the trembling entrepreneurs on set? Barbara takes you behind the scenes at Sony Studios for all the shenanigans, bloopers, and private information that the other Sharks don’t want you to know.


“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!”

—Diane McClendon, Executive Director, Dalls HR and The HRSouthwest Conference

“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.”
–Star Jones, President, National Association of Professional Women & Professional Diversity Network (NASDAQ:IPDN)

“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”

—Stacey Cohen, President & CEO, Co-Communications, Inc.

“I’ve heard many speakers give tips for success, but Barbara’s stories are second to none. Thank you for affirming that fun at work really does work. A standing ovation well deserved!”

–Jonathan Flaks, Executive Coach and Speaker

“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!”

—Kimberly Howes, Brand Manager, First Commerce Credit Union

“Barbara Corcoran is the real deal! Tough, sweet, honest, smart, generous, and very gracious, there’s no one else like her.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like and admire Barbara!”

—Sue Solomon, Associate Director, Talks, 92nd Street Y

“Barbara’s intriguing, comical, and inspiring message resonated with everyone and was ranked as one of the top keynote presentations we’ve ever offered.”

—Monica Grinage Cooper, CMP, Event Program Manager, International Facility Management Association

“How do you leave an impression on 400 real estate professionals in your community?  Invite Barbara Corcoran to speak at your event! Entertaining, engaging, and above all, relatable, she crafted a show that left the audience on their feet.”

—Stephanie Molinelli, Director of Marketing, TEG Federal Credit Union

“We don’t typically have speakers at our events because our clients want content that is directly usable to impact their bottom line. Barbara took the time before the event to ask specific questions to tailor her presentation to our audience, as a result, we got great feedback, and our clients are more inspired than ever.”

—Matt Wagner

“Barbara is the most entertaining, relatable speaker we have ever encountered!  Her sense of humor, quick wit and extreme business savvy won over everyone in attendance.  An inspiring business woman, the Shark Tank stories will keep you in stitches and clamoring for more!”

—Tiffany McQuaid, Owner, McQuaid & Company

“Barbara Corcoran was dynamic, entertaining, and motivating.  Her engaging personality, rags to riches story, sales experience and commitment to excellence resonated with all of our attendees.”

—Cindy Nachman-Senders, Senior Consultant, Meetings & Conventions, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

“I can honestly say that Barbara gave one of the most engaging presentations I’ve seen. The audience absolutely loved her. Barbara was a true professional and delivered an excellent message.”

—Judy Kawamoto, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Life, Bryant University

KeyBank has been our partner for 12 years, and we’ve had incredible speakers –Barbara Corcoran really tops them all!”

—Dr. Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester

By taking the time to understand our models and the challenges facing our franchises, your keynote was powerful, on track, needed, and well worth it.”

—Tracy Christman, Budget Blinds, Inc.

Thank you for being our keynote speaker. We were thoroughly impressed by your candor and authenticity, and the lessons you shared with us were meaningful and practical. The most frequent comment received from your audience was that everyone felt as if they had known you for years, you were one of us. — Regina Bedoya, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Leadership Awards

Barbara spoke at our officers’ conference with people from 16 countries in attendance. She was utterly charming, sensible, and funny. Her insights about the real estate market spill over into personal career development and everyday economics. She’s the one people remember.”

—George Lancaster, Senior Vice President, Hines Development

Barbara Corcoran addressed–or ‘wowed’–a standing-room-only crowd at More Magazine’s Convention. Barbara told her story to much laughter and applause, with the audience swarming her as she left the podium, asking for autographs and advice. A combination of high energy and high takeaway value, Barbara was a tremendous hit.”

—Judith Coyne, Executive Editor of MORE Magazine

Barbara instantly connected with our audience and delivered an entertaining, enthusiastic, and insightful presentation. She took the time to understand our business and provided ideas that our sales team can implement when they return to their markets. I’ve had the good fortune of hearing some of the best speakers in the world, and if you’re looking for someone with real world experience to ignite your sales team, I can’t think of anyone who would be a better choice.”

—Todd Walker, Senior VP Sales & Operations, The Real Estate Book

Your remarks were everything we hoped they would be and contained the uplifting and inspiring messages that we felt were so important for our audience to hear.”

—San Francisco Association of Realtors

Barbara was the guest speaker at our Annual Sales Meeting of about 200 publishers and sales professionals from across North America. She exceeded our expectations in her easy and entertaining way. Barbara was a total home run for us. — Scott Dixon, President of the Real Estate Division, Network Communications, Inc.

I have been a Realtor for over 15 years and have attended many presentations by top speakers and trainers in our industry. No one can compare to Barbara Corcoran’s wit, common sense, and great advice! Barbara is an inspiration. I applaud her energy, enthusiasm, and honesty.”

—Marilyn Urso, Women Council of Realtors

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!”

—Leigh O’Donnell, Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild, President

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 motivated and inspired.”

—Dave Dee, Chief Marketing Officer Glazer-Kennedy Insider’s Circle

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!”

—Janet Harris-Lange, President National Women Business Owners Corporation.

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!”

—Ellen Fruchtman, President, Fruchtman Marketing

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