October 1, 2014 by Speakers' Spotlight
Spotlight On: 1Dragons’ Den Open for Business
Canada’s #1 hit show Dragons’ Den returned on October 15th with a whole new crop of entrepreneurs ready to pitch their business ideas to the “Dragons” who have the experience—and the money—to help make their dreams a reality. This fall, David Chilton and Dianne Buckner returned to The Den for another great season, while former Dragons Bruce Croxon, Kevin O’Leary, and W. Brett Wilson continue to share their “Dragon expertise” with audiences everywhere.
Called “charming, unpretentious, and funny,” by the Chicago Sun-Times, David Chilton is the bestselling author of The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns. Putting his self-made-man experience to work on Dragons’ Den, David shares the instrumental financial advice he’s known for, backstage stories from The Den, and valuable life lessons in his unique and customized talks.
Do you have what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace? Who better to advise eager entrepreneurs than Dianne Buckner, Dragons’ Den approachable host. Taking audiences through the “entrepreneur’s journey,” from identifying niche markets to the art of the pitch, Dianne’s talks resonate with anyone who loves the show—and success.
Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave of entrepreneurs. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife (and a former “Dragon”), he shares his informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment, including the importance of collaboration and the need to stay on the cusp of technology when going after business goals.
He’s opinionated and ruthless, and he hungers for big deals. Yet he made millions helping children learn how to read. Nothing if not a polarizing force on television and on the podium, Kevin O’Leary pulls no punches when it comes to the good, the bad, and the ugly as it pertains to markets and economic opportunities. A former judge on The Den, O’Leary was also the co-host of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange, before leaving to focus on his current role as a judge on Shark Tank. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money, and Life.
With a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, W. Brett Wilson is proof that it’s possible to succeed in business without losing your principles. The celebrated former Dragon and bestselling author of Redefining Success shares his message about work-life balance, the importance of making mistakes, and his three essences of empowerment–marketing, entrepreneurship and philanthropy–to leave his audiences inspired to achieve.
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