Barbara Corcoran

Fail, fail, and fail again—eventually, you’ll succeed.

Real Estate Entrepreneur and & “Shark” on ABC’s Hit Show Shark Tank

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Barbara Corcoran | Real Estate Entrepreneur and & “Shark” on ABC’s Hit Show Shark Tank

At 23 years old, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 to start a tiny real estate office. She eventually grew that $1,000 into a $6 billion business. Now famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, Corcoran’s talks are as down-to-earth, frank, and as heartwarming as they are smart. She leaves audiences knowing, “If she can do it, so can I.”

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 started The Corcoran Group. As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, Shark Tank, Corcoran has invested in 22 businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success. Her newest book, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, takes us behind the scenes of her life and business and her “seen on TV” venture capitalism. Famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, Corcoran is a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent that is often invisible to others. She is a highly sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, leadership, and branding.


Corcoran is also the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show, where she comments weekly on trends in the housing market. She also contributes columns to The Daily News, More, and Redbook. She is the bestselling author of If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom and Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life.   


“I have had Barbara Corcoran speak twice to sold out crowds with a waiting list each time! There isn’t a more inspiring speaker in the country. She is ‘magic’ at any event.”

Higgins Group

“While the lessons you shared with us were meaningful and very practical, what made it such a memorable experience was to see how someone as successful as you can still be so approachable. 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.”

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches

“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.”

National Women Business Owners Corporation

“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.”


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

Hines Development

“By dedicating the time and attention to understanding both our models and the challenges that face our franchisees, your keynote carried the weight of someone who is as invested and committed as they are. It was powerful, on track, needed, required, and well worth it.”

Budget Blinds

Speech Topics

Shark Tales How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

How do you turn a $1,000 loan into a six-billion dollar business? According to self-made real estate empress Barbara Corcoran, you do it by learning how to fail well. In this talk, Corcoran 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. It’s a highly motivational and hugely entertaining success story, sprinkled with the big life lessons Barbara learned along the way.

10 Ways To Lead Your Team To Greatness

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, Corcoran shares her unique and winning strategies.

10 Ways To Build a Powerful Brand

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. Corcoran shares her personal advice, insights, and anecdotes on creating a powerful brand.