Official Blog of Bannon Leadership Consulting Founder Shawn Bannon

Communication During the Coronapocalypse: Tips For Better Zoom Presentations

April 21st, 2020

Whether your organization was on the cutting edge when it comes to using videoconference technology to enable remote collaboration … or if you never realized before March 2020 that your laptop even has a built-in webcam, the last couple of months have forced virtually all of us to rethink how we connect with one another […]

Stealing Style and Substance … Plagiarism or Just Politics?

February 25th, 2020

A lot of comparisons have been made between 2020 presidential hopeful, former North Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former President Barack Obama. Their youth. Questions of whether or not they had the requisite experience to be president. A Washington Post story a few weeks ago took a deep dive into the similarities and the […]

Announcing Bannon Leadership Consulting!

April 8th, 2011

I’m excited today to officially launch Bannon Leadership Consulting.  This new venture, which will exist as the parent organization to Bannon Communications, really brings structure to much of what I’ve been doing in recent years – working to help corporate and community leaders clearly define where they want to take the organizations and regions about […]

Speechwriting and Public Speaking in the Genes?

April 2nd, 2011

I’ve written speeches professionally for the better part of the last 15 years. In a career that’s been blessed with tremendous opportunities, I’ve written words that have been spoken by a dozen Fortune 500 CEOs; three U.S. presidential candidates (including one winner); two governors; five U.S. senators; six members of the House of Representatives; four […]

Birmingham News: Pittsburgh Blueprint Helped Transform City

September 26th, 2010

Leaders in Birmingham, Ala., publicly released Blueprint Birmingham this week.  It’s a five-year strategic plan to improve quality of life and economic development efforts in the region and to change the way Birmingham is perceived by business leaders, young professionals, families and tourists around the world.  Click here to read my op-ed about the plan […]

Catchy Slogans Highly Overrated

August 29th, 2010

Click here to read my column in today’s Calgary Sun about recent controversy over that city’s efforts to rebrand for economic development and tourist attraction.

PR lessons from Pittsburgh

August 14th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in this week’s issue of the Cincinnati Business Courier.  The full text is only available to subscribers for the first month but will be available to the general public on September 13. Update: This op-ed has been picked up by the Sacramento Business Journal and is available online […]

Mobile Press-Register: Pittsburgh offers lessons for Mobile leaders

July 29th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register about regional promotion and how communities across the Gulf region can turn the BP oil spill crisis into new economic opportunity.

Bannon Communications President and CEO to Speak at 2011 Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference

July 27th, 2010

Just agreed to speak at the 2011 Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference next March in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  Northwest Chamber Leaders is a group of chamber executives, staff and private-sector leaders from across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.  I’ve been asked to talk about how regions market themselves for economic development in […]

Regional Reinvention — My Cover Story for the Summer Edition of Chamber Executive Magazine

July 15th, 2010

Thanks to the good folks at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, who gave me the opportunity to write the cover story for the summer edition of Chamber Executive magazine.  The article takes a look at how communities across the country are working to brand and promote themselves for economic development, talent attraction and tourism in difficult […]