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John U. Bacon

Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker, Commentator, Teacher and Coach

Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker, Commentator, Teacher and Coach

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John U. Bacon Biography

John U. Bacon has worked more than two decades as a writer, speaker, radio commentator, college teacher and hockey coach, winning awards for all five.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bacon wrote feature stories for The Detroit News, earning national honors, before leaving to free-lance for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. He has written eight books on sports and business, including Walgreens: America’s Corner Store, Cirque du Soleil: The Spark, Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, which hit The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s Business Best Seller lists. He then wrote a trio of books covering big-time college football from the inside: Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football, Fourth and Long:The Fight for the Soul of College Football, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football. All three were New York Times bestsellers.

Bacon delivers speeches on leadership, creativity, and diversity across the country, and the world. In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.”

Bacon also provides weekly commentaries for Michigan Radio, winning first place in the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRINDI) competition in 2015, out of 1,100 entries nationwide. He frequently provides commentary for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and “Here & Now,” and he has been a guest on NPR’s popular game shows, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” and “Ask Me Another.” He also appears on HBO, ESPN, Fox Business, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and the Big Ten Network.

Bacon teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, where the students awarded him the Golden Apple in 2009, given annually to a “truly exceptional teacher.” He is a decent Spanish speaker, an average hockey player and a poor piano player, but still enjoys all three.

John U. Bacon Speaking Topics

  • The Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

    John draws lessons from a variety of sources, his own experiences, and his best-selling book, Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, which Warren Buffett himself endorsed. John tells stories to underscore how great leaders listen, communicate, and make decisions. In this fast-moving and fun speech, John gives specific, direct advice leaders can use the next day. Bo Schembechler impersonation guaranteed.

  • Motivating Millennials

    Bacon derives the material for his talk on Generation Y from his experience leading the Ann Arbor Huron hockey team from the school's worst to best in three years (despite being the worst player in school history -• and he can prove that!) and teaching them at Northwestern and the University of Michigan, where he had received the highest evaluations on campus E (4.9/5.0) AND only SIX late papers out of 1700 students. Managing them should not be a mystery, and shouldn't be a headache. They unfairly get a bad rap, when the responsibility to lead them is our work.

  • How to Create Creativity - And Manage It

    Every company today must innovate to stay ahead of the pack. But how do you open the floodgates for creativity – and still make sure the trains run on time? John explains how some of our best organizations do it, and conducts several fun, fast-moving exercises of his own creation to make lasting points – points the participants can put to use immediately to be more creative, without losing the discipline necessary to be effective.

  • Hire Better, Fire Less

    In this popular presentation, John describes how the best companies – from Zingerman’s famed deli to the Michigan football team to Walgreens – spend a lot more time, effort and thought hiring their people, and much less dealing with mediocre performers, and firing them. John lays out a practical guide – supported by fascinating stories -• for searching, interviewing, “auditioning,” and ultimately hiring the right people.

  • Diversity for Fun and Profit

    In this frank and refreshing discussion, John challenges us to face our fears, shines a spotlight on what we need to understand about each other, and makes it clear why expanding opportunities to more people makes us stronger. John’s ideas on diversity come from his research and writing about sports, from Jackie Robinson to Title IX to the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires all teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coaching vacancy. His speech is surprisingly, but appropriately, funny -• often at his own expense. The bottom line is simple, however: we don’t seek to diversify to be charitable, but to be more successful.

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John U. Bacon Books

  • Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football
    Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football

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  • What topics does John U. Bacon speak about?

    John U. Bacon is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Coaching, Culture, Football, Hockey, Journalism, Leadership, Sports, Teamwork and Teambuilding.
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John U. Bacon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, Motivating Millennials, How to Create Creativity - And Manage It, Hire Better, Fire Less and Diversity for Fun and Profit. The estimated speaking fee range to book John U. Bacon for your event is available upon request. John U. Bacon generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mike Ditka, Will Muschamp, Martin Rooney, Pat Williams and Bill Walton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John U. Bacon for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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