Co-Founder of Malala Fund & Nobel Laureate
Before she became world-famous as an investor on Shark Tank, speaker Barbara Corcoran had plenty of ups and downs. Never bowed by her early struggles, Corcoran built a real estate empire worth billions of dollars. She now maintains a large and growing portfolio of businesses and advises others. Organizations seeking a gripping reflection on hardship and triumph engage Corcoran to deliver unforgettable keynote speeches.
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Business speaker Barbara Corcoran struggled into her mid-20s before turning a tiny personal loan into a billion-dollar empire. A stirring keynote speaker, Barbara Corcoran shares priceless insights gleaned from a life of struggle, determination, and triumph.
Not every inspiring success begins as a whiz kid. Barbara Corcoran’s drive and talents were a poor fit in school, where she struggled with dyslexia and posted poor grades. They tended to get in the way at work, too, and by her mid-20s, Corcoran had worked 20+ jobs. Finally, she made the bet of her life, borrowing $1,000 to start a real estate firm in New York City.
After building the Corcoran Group into New York’s largest residential brokerage, Corcoran sold the firm for an astonishing return. Her bestselling book Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion-Dollar Business tells the full story. It followed 2003’s highly praised If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom.
Corcoran is one of the original sharks on ABC’s Emmy-winning Shark Tank, which premiered in 2009. She has invested in more than 80 businesses, and has helped many of her partners become millionaires themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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