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Ken Jacobs, ACC, CPC, an experienced consultant and certified coach, is the principal of Jacobs Consulting & Executive Coaching, which serves agencies, companies, senior leaders, executives and managers in the corporate communications, public relations, advertising and marketing space.

He has helped agencies grow and manage business, improve client service and relationships, and enhance staff performance, communications, and leadership skills, and has empowered communications CEOs, presidents, executive vice presidents and senior vice presidents to achieve and surpass their goals since 2007.

Jacobs holds Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials from the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is accredited as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

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Testimonials

  • Jon Goldberg
    "Too many consultants are eager to tell you what to do to try to prove how smart they are. That's not Ken Jacobs. Ken possesses a very rare combination of skills --- coach, analyst, cheerleader, father confessor, strategic muse -- and masterfully transitions between those roles (and a few others) to guide you where you need to go professionally and personally. And he does it with warmth, humor and just the right amount of nudging and tough love when required to keep you on track to achieve the crystal-clear goals he insisted you create for yourself. Now, when I find myself out on a limb I think, "What would Jacobs do?" When it comes to business and leadership, Ken has become the all-knowing deity to whom I routinely appeal."
    Jon GoldbergChief Reputation Architect at Reputation Architects Inc
  • Angela Calzone
    "While I was with MWW, Ken conducted several engaging workshops for our client-facing staff. His workshops were among the highest participant-rated classes we've given, vis-a-vis such key measures as 'Overall Program (Workshop) Value,' 'Program Facilitator,' 'Practicality/Usability of Recommendations,' and 'Exceeded Expectations.' Participants reported not only learning a tremendous amount of valuable information, but committed to take a number of actions as a result of the workshop. Not only were these the actions we wanted them to take, but they actually did so. In a post-workshop survey, a large number of participants said they'd enthusiastically recommend the program to others; a substantially larger number said they'd very enthusiastically recommend it."
    Angela CalzoneCo-Managing Member, Change & Response Strategies, LLC, Senior Vice President, Talent Resources and Organization Development
  • C. Renzi Stone
    "I hired Ken for some professional coaching to me and my top leadership as well as overall consulting on how to grow our business and improve our services for our clients. Ken was courteous, professional and had deep knowledge in the areas we needed expertise. I highly recommend his skills."
    C. Renzi StoneChairman and CEO, Saxum (Integrated Marketing Communications Agency)
  • Simon Erskine Locke
    "I sought out Ken for executive coaching and found the experience to be personally and professionally rewarding. Ken’s coaching expertise and professional experience as a leader, strategist and manager, meant that he could not only provide traditional coaching, but invaluable perspective and context for achieving my goals. I would highly recommend him."
    Simon Erskine LockeCEO-Founder, Communications Match
  • John Lonsdorf
    "I highly recommend Ken Jacobs! Ken’s knowledge of the practice of public relations is extensive, and his ability to understand and incorporate new social media techniques within a structured, results-focused discipline is impressive. On top of that, he is a good guy, who has always gone out of his way to make sure that things are not only done, but that they are done right and in the right way. We have utilized Ken’s services on a consulting basis for staff training at our agency. Ken has greatly exceeded our expectations. Working with a wide range of experience levels among our diverse staff, Ken has succeeded in imparting not only a fundamental understanding of contemporary public relations practice, but also a very practical, hands-on comprehension of client service issues that I have seen put into practice with our client base from day one."
    John LonsdorfPresident at R&J Strategic Communications
  • Ronna Reich
    "Ken is a fantastic coach. He understands the complexities of our business and thoughtfully applies his coaching skills to help our agency leaders reach their goals and get the outcomes they desire from their teams."
    Ronna ReichRonna Reich Founder at INK & ROSES
  • Evelyn Calleja
    "I am happy to recommend Ken and do so heartily! He is an extremely knowledgeable trainer. His knowledge of PR and affable manner is a winning combination and help make his training sessions interesting, easy to follow and fun."
    Evelyn CallejaPresident and Co-Founder, The Business Within
  • Esther Buchsbaum
    "Ken Jacobs is a highly skilled professional and an exceptional presenter. I was fortunate enough to hear Ken speak at our most recent PRGN global meeting in Santa Monica earlier this year. His workshop on 'How To Create A Client Service Culture At Your Agency' was not only insightful and eye-opening, it encouraged us to take those best practices and apply them in our firm. As a result we have seen changes in team attitude, heightened levels of participation and it has created a new air of excitement and anticipation for the future of our agency. I highly recommend Ken as a speaker, consultant and all around fine gentleman. He is a joy to work with."
    Esther BuchsbaumPresident and Co-founder of energi PR/RP
  • Steve Guberman
    "Ken delivered an inspiring and riveting presentation on client service at the November 2010 JSPRAA Networking Lunch. Ken was able to keep our crowd of about 40 marketing professionals engaged by delivering content in a creative manner. His delivery is personable, bringing everything to a personal experience on how customer service works in certain ways. As President of JSPRAA, I would certainly bring him back in the future to speak for our group. Ken's presentation was wonderful and he's a professional guy both in the way he presents himself and ensures that his presentation goes off without a hitch."
    Steve GubermanVice President, Creative and Digital Services at R&J Strategic Communications Former President, Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
  • Cindy Riccio
    "Ken is an expert communications professional with keen insights that have helped CRC grow as a young agency and thrive as a result of his dedicated and strategic focus on our marketing and business development efforts. Ken's years of experience running independent and global agencies are a valued source of direction for CRC that has proven helpful with both organic growth and new business."
    Cindy RiccioPresident and Founder at CRC (Cindy Riccio Communications, Inc.)
  • Ken Hunter
    "I’ve found Ken Jacobs’ executive coaching approach highly effective, because he’s helped me to better focus and empower myself to achieve my leadership and business goals. He encourages his clients to create a vision of success, identify the issues impeding their desired achievements, and focus on removing those impediments. In addition, Ken has helped me consistently focus on my highest-priority actions, thereby accelerating goal achievement. I’m extremely confident he can help you, too, whether you’re a business owner or corporate executive."
    Ken HunterPresident and Chief Strategist, The PowerStation Communications
  • Beth Kitzinger
    "I have known and trusted Ken for a long time so it was a no brainer to invite him in to train my entire team. The workshop he led was the hit of our retreat and the feedback from staff at all levels was A+. We not only had fun in the session but learned a lot of useful real world skills and essential in the comms business management tools."
    Beth KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
  • E. Blake Jackson
    "I had the privilege of working with Ken as my leadership coach earlier this year, and he did not disappoint. During our time together, Ken helped me identify both strengths and opportunities for development, then worked closely with me to outline actionable steps for growth as a leader in the communications industry. Several months after the end of our engagement, I consider Ken a great mentor, partner and friend. I would highly recommend him for leadership coaching."
    E. Blake JacksonDirector, Corporate Communications, Walmart, formerly Vice President, Digital, Saxum
  • Dan Baum
    "Ken is a seasoned hand who has a knack with people. So he seemed like the right guy to turn to as an executive coach for some of our top performers. We’ve given him multiple assignments – none of them easy – and he’s far outperformed our expectations every time. We’ve taken to calling Ken the “PR Whisperer” around the office."
    Dan BaumCEO and Founder, DBC PR+New Media
  • Jack Vincent
    "I had a critical and urgent need for a key client's NY office, and I needed a project partner at my side. I hired Ken and he delivered big time! My client loved him... and loved me more as a result of it. I won't hesitate to engage Ken again. Great to work with him!"
    Jack VincentSales Advisor, Business Storyteller at JackVincent.com
  • Tom Coyne
    "Ken has done a great job on numerous training programs for members of our staff. He has created classes ranging from writing to media relations to organizational skills. He is always well received and staff benefit from his vast knowledge of the public relations industry. If you are looking for trainers for your PR -- Ken would be a great choice!"
    Tom CoyneFounder, Coyne PR
  • Annie Heckenberger
    "Ken is high-level strategic thinker who is also a great teacher. He recently led a sold-out session for Social Media Club Philly & PRSA Philly, which led to a robust discussion that the audience stretched for more than an hour beyond the meeting. Ken also does an excellent job asking the critical questions that help you think through approaches to PR, keep your team motivated and make you laugh really hard. And I don't know about you, but I don't think there are enough laughs these days."
    Annie HeckenbergerVP, Group Director, Brand Communications Strategy, Digital Health
  • Domenick Cilea
    "Ken's workshop on Five Star Customer Service offers interesting perspective on building client relationships and most importantly earning their trust. It is an interactive workshop where all participants can improve their respective skill sets personally and professionally."
    Domenick CileaPresident, Springboard Public Relations
  • Patrice Tanaka
    "I have known Ken Jacobs for more than 20 years as an esteemed colleague in PR, a valued provider of PR training and coaching to our agency, and as a dear and trusted friend. I cannot recommend him highly enough as a person of great integrity, compassion, creativity and as a brilliant PR educator and trainer. Ken's training sessions always receive the highest marks because he really connects with his audience based on his personal experience and track record in creating award-winning PR campaigns, developing high-performing teams and building business for his agencies. The highest rated training session ever done at our agency was one that Ken presented at CRT/tanaka's annual retreat in 2010 entitled, 'Delivering World-Class Service.' One of the many reasons I admire Ken is that he is doing exactly what he most loves and does better than anyone else: developing and implementing training programs and coaching that provide high-value to PR professionals and their organizations."
    Patrice TanakaChief Joy Officer, Joyful Planet LLC, former Senior Counselor, Padilla/CRT, former Co-Chair, Chief Creative Officer, CRT/tanaka
  • Megan Driscoll
    "Ken has been invaluable during a year of incredible professional transition for me. He has provided helpful advice on varying professional topics, as well as taught me how to dig deep to use skills that I wasn’t even fully aware I had to overcome obstacles. Ken made what could have been an incredibly tough year instead a year of rewards and learning. I would highly recommend Ken."
    Megan DriscollAgency Founder, Evolve MKD

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