Dianne Buckner

Speaker, Celebrity


Dianne Buckner

Host of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Do you have what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace? Who better to advise eager entrepreneurs than Dianne Buckner, the host of CBC TV’s wildly popular program Dragons’ Den. Buckner takes audiences through the “entrepreneur’s journey,” from identifying niche markets, to the art of the pitch, to taking advantage of business trends—all while sharing entertaining backstage peaks into life in “The Den.”

Prior to joining Dragons’ Den, Buckner was the host of CBC TV’s Venture–for ten years, she chronicled the adventures of entrepreneurs as they set about getting their new businesses off the ground. Buckner was also the co-creator of Fortune Hunters, which ran for two seasons on the CBC News Network and focused on the social and consumer trends that create opportunities for entrepreneurs.

In addition to her role on Dragons’ Den, Buckner is a member of the Business Team at CBC News. She writes a weekly column about small business for cbc.ca, and appears regularly on CBC’s local dinner-hour newscasts across Canada, reporting on the day’s top business stories.

In the course of her work, Dianne has spoken with prime ministers and celebrity CEOs, and has traveled extensively to countries such as Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Iceland, in pursuit of great stories.


Story-Telling for Business

“You won’t believe what happened ….”

 

From cavemen gathered around the fire, to children at bed-time, to your pals at the bar…..everyone loves to hear a story.   They’re using for a multitude of reasons in the business world as well:  CEOs use them to align corporate values, brand managers craft them to communicate in the marketplace, and almost any type of professional can use a story to engage and influence clients or colleagues, to achieve specific goals.

 

Dragons’ Den host Dianne Buckner has reported on thousands of stories during her 20 year career as a business journalist. And she’s watched hundreds of hopeful entrepreneurs tell their stories to the Dragons, in the hopes of winning an investment.

 

What makes a great story? And how can mastering the art of story-telling help you and your organization?

 

In this engaging presentation, Dianne shares observations from her reporting work, and uses video excerpts from the highly-rated Dragons’ Den to illustrate the principles of successful story-telling. She also analyses famous case studies of corporate stories, from WestJet to Tim Hortons – and covers what NOT to do, through examples of those who have been less-than-successful.

 

Anyone attending this keynote will come away with a set of simple steps to telling a great story, and achieving greater success in the world of business.

The Art of the Pitch

Maybe you’re applying for a new job, or a promotion. Perhaps it’s money you need, from a bank or an investor, to expand a growing business. Or maybe you’re trying to forge a new relationship with a supplier or distributor. In all of those situations, you may need to make a pitch.

 

We’re ‘pitching’ whenever we try to get someone to buy into our ideas, or get them to take the actions we want to see. We all need to get other people on-side to fulfill our ambitions, both in business and in our personal lives.

 

Dianne Buckner is an expert on pitches. As host of CBC Television’s popular Dragons’ Den program, she’s watched hundreds of them. Some result in big money deals between cash-hungry entrepreneurs and the well-connected Dragons – others get scorched by the Dragons! As well in her 10 years as host of Venture, Dianne witnessed business people make a wide variety of pitches.

 

In this entertaining presentation Dianne shares what she’s observed about those who are successful, and those who aren’t. Featuring video excerpts from her television programs, participants will come away with new skills for getting their way – at work and at home.

Business and the Media: A User's Guide

Publicity can work wonders for a business. It can be better than advertising! Not only is it free, but it can create credibility; people know that companies pay for advertising, but if a business is written up in the paper, or featured on radio or television, it’s clear that the business has been deemed worthy of interest and coverage by an independent media outlet.

 

But how to get the attention of over-worked, hyper-critical reporters and editors?

 

Dianne Buckner has worked in television and print for over 20 years. Currently host of the popular Dragons’ Den series, and an anchor on CBC Newsworld, she has reported on hundreds of stories, here and in the U.S. and abroad.

 

With humour and insight, Dianne shares the view from inside the media. Business people will learn how story meetings work, strategies for pitching a story, how to choose an angle, and the various priorities of different types of media.

Dianne's Top Ten Business Tips

Now more than ever, the business world is a demanding and dynamic place to try and succeed. A business journalist with almost 20 years of experience, Dragons’ Den host Dianne Buckner has watched closely as some people have struck it rich, while others have struggled and ultimately failed.

 

In this comprehensive and compelling presentation, Dianne counts down her Top Ten Tips, based on her observations of hundred of business people, both big and small. Using video excerpts from both Dragons’ Den and Venture, which she hosted for 10 years, Dianne uses case studies to illustrate her tips.

 

From finance, to human resource issues; from marketing to common mistakes, Dianne takes the audience through a wide range of challenges, pointing out what factors make the biggest impact on success.

Seven Powerful Trends

We live in a dynamic, ever-changing world, where businesses are affected by shifting trends in society and consumer behaviour.

 

As host of CBC’s wildly popular Dragons’ Den program, Dianne Buckner has a window into the world of trends. Each season she sees entrepreneurs seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by new and developing areas such as social media, ‘green business’, and the customization of products and services for consumers.

 

These trends – among others – aren’t just opportunities for new businesses; they also affect existing companies. In this fascinating keynote presentation, Dianne uses video excerpts from Dragons’ Den, and draws on her extensive experience in covering business for CBC News, to show how companies are exploiting trends to gain new revenue. She also uses examples of those who are rising to the challenge of adapting to new ways of doing business, to avoid being left by the wayside.

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