Bring in the Sharks
Shark Tank is the popular reality television show on which entrepreneurs present their innovative products, hoping that one of the investors on the panel, known as “sharks,” will invest in their company. As its popularity grew it became clear that Shark Tank was about much more than just financial investments and business transactions- or the rejections thereof. Powerful episodes showcasing the best of humanity went viral and social media shares evoked strong emotions for those who watched. We began to see that beneath the sheaths of extraordinary success and beyond the sometimes harsh criticisms of an entrepreneur and/or product were minds and hearts vying for the success of those with whom they interacted. The sharks had, dare I say, a softer side to them, and it is this unique combination that makes them some of the most requested speakers on the market today.
Barbara Corcoran, founder of the billion-dollar real estate company The Corcoran Group, infuses her no-nonsense analysis of concepts with humor and warmth that helps contestants walk away feeling inspired rather than rejected. Daymond John, founder of clothing company FUBU, pulls from his years of experience in taking his home-based business, at which he sewed hats by hand, to a globally recognized brand that has made over six billion dollars in sales. He mixes personal lessons of perseverance with advice influenced by his work in every facet of product and company building, from inception to marketing to product sustainability.
One of the most viewed episodes of Shark Tank to date is that which featured John G. Georges (Johnny) pitching the tree T-PEE, a “water and nutrient containment system designed for trees” that he sold to farmers for a marginal profit. Featured on this show were keynote speakers Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban and Daymond John. The far-reaching effects of this particular episode were the result of these “sharks” setting the stage for a raw, emotion-filled exchange between them and Mr. Georges. Their line of questioning and commentary brought to the forefront the story behind the product, which in turn brought tears to Mr. Georges’ eyes as he spoke of a lesson instilled in him by his father: “When good people come together with a noble cause, great things happen.”
“You’re a star, Johnny,” was Mark Cuban’s response before Mr. Georges walked away with a deal in place.
The same attributes to which television audiences are drawn every week are evident when our Shark Tank entrepreneur speakers personally address clients’ audiences. As they speak on the successes and failures of growing start-ups to globally-recognized companies, and everything in between, their bold personalities and undeniable presence truly draw in all who are listening. You will find detailed information on Shark Tank keynote speakers Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec on our Executive Speakers Bureau website.