Official Blog of Bannon Leadership Consulting Founder Shawn Bannon

Promotion A Vital Component in Community Turnaround: Pittsburgh’s transformation is a lesson in public relations as much as public policy.

June 3rd, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed about regional promotion and place making for economic development and talent attraction in today’s Dubuque (Iowa) Times-Herald.

Lessons for Bluegrass in Steel Town’s Story

June 1st, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed about regional promotion and place making for economic development and talent attraction in today’s Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader.

Truth or Consequences and Public Relations

May 24th, 2010

When I was a kid, I was a fan of professional wrestling.  I watched the greats of the 1980s – guys like “Macho Man” Randy Savage and the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase – battle it out with Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan.  And I loved every outrageous storyline.  Because I was a kid, […]

Bannon Communications President Featured in Carnegie Mellon University Newsletter Q&A

May 10th, 2010

My college years were some of the most enjoyable and most transformative of my life, and I’ve been glad to remain engaged with my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), throughout my career.  During my years working to promote the Pittsburgh region to national and international media, I was always particularly enthusiastic when I had […]

Finding Inspiration in the Passion of Regional Stewards

May 4th, 2010

Last week, I turned in my copy for a cover story I’d been asked to write for the summer edition of Chamber Executive magazine about how regions promote themselves for economic development, talent attraction and tourism.  On one level, it’s a story about branding.  At another level, it’s a story about public policy, human interests […]

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

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

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

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

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 …

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 […]