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Archive for February, 2010

Breaking My Silence Before Tiger Breaks His — Mr. Woods, the Media and Today’s Non-Press Conference

Friday, February 19th, 2010

So, I’d originally planned to not say much publicly about the Tiger Woods story, but the tone of the coverage since word broke that he’d be speaking today has moved me to comment on Tiger’s troubles, the media and what I hope we hear during his remarks this morning.  When the news of Tiger’s infidelity […]

Bannon Communications Featured by Vital Speeches of the Day

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Special thanks to Vital Speeches of the Day, which is currently featuring my article about improving state-of-the-village speeches on its home page. Click here to read the article on the Vital Speeches Web site.

Lackluster State-of-the-Village Speeches Suggest Alarming Decline in Quality of Leadership

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Earlier this month, David Murray, a respected voice in the field of speechwriting and leadership communications, wrote an article for The Huffington Post about the lackluster state of recent “state-of-the-village” speeches.  David is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day and is the former editor of Ragan Communications’ Speechwriters Newsletter.  He probably reads more speeches […]

A PR Pro’s Defense of Sarah Palin’s Palm Reading

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The political world’s been abuzz this week with pundits on the left and right trying to score points over former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s use of some hand-written notes during a recent question and answer session.  And by “hand-written notes” I mean to say notes that were literally written on the palm of her hand.  Some on […]

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere …

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Langley Group CEO Mike Langley recently wrote an article about rankings for Chamber Executive magazine, the official publication of The American Chamber of Commerce Executives.  I worked with Mike at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for three years, and I was proud when he called to interview me about the value of rankings in […]

Reinventing a Region: What Detroit Can Learn From Pittsburgh

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I came across this question on LinkedIn last night, and I wanted to respond because I’ve got some relatively unique and successful experience in this particular area of public relations.  From time to time I’ll share my answers to these sorts of questions here on the Bannon Communications blog, and I invite your feedback. Question: […]

Bannon Communications Featured on

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Special thanks to Ragan Communications, which is currently featuring my article about pitching the media on its home page. Click here to read the article on the PR Daily Web site.

Toyota’s Mistakes Demonstrate Importance of Crisis Communications Planning

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Could it get much worse for the folks at Toyota?  I guess it can always get worse.  I mean, their spouses could all begin cheating on them with the folks from Kia.  Or their teenage daughters could all run off with that guy you know will never really become a rock star.  Frankly, I’m hoping […]

Bannon Communications Featured by PR Daily

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Special thanks to PR Daily, which is currently featuring my article about pitching the media on its home page. Click here to read the article on the PR Daily Web site.

Pitch Perfect — Improving Your Chances of Earning Positive Media Coverage

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

For the better part of four years, I had the good fortune to work as a producer on “Our Region’s Business,” a terrific regional affairs program that airs on NBC affiliate stations in four states just before “Meet the Press” every Sunday morning.  It was a great experience for a lot of reasons, not the […]