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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

  • Jeffrey Graubard
    "I've had the pleasure of working with and knowing Ken since before he was able to grow a beard. He blends those years of experience with a deep passion for the business and, most importantly, a keen sense of how best to work with individuals and entities to get maximum results. He earns my highest recommendation."
    Jeffrey GraubardFormer Managing Director, Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications
  • 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
  • Kristine Gobbo
    "I was fortunate to sit in on a presentation that Ken Jacobs gave on the subject of business development, titled 'How To Win More New Business, Now!' during a PRSA Counselors Academy conference earlier this year. As a result of his presentation, I made a mental note to tackle the creation of a business development plan for my company this year. I reached out privately to Ken for assistance with this project, and he responded immediately eager to help. The information he provided in his original presentation and then in his follow-up with me is incredibly helpful. I am so thankful for his expertise and guidance. I hope to get the opportunity to work with Ken in the future."
    Kristine GobboPresident, Spectrum Public Relations
  • Cherry Dumaual
    "Ken is a highly effective PR coach, trainer and facilitator. He has personally experienced what it’s like to deal with issues faced by communications practitioners. Ken teaches beyond theory. He applies real-life lessons learned about client and staff management when he led practices. For sure, his students doubly benefit from his excellent teaching abilities and his first-hand experiences. And when Ken facilitates brainstorms, you can bet he’ll do his best to compel participants to maximize their brainpower to generate ideas that win new business."
    Cherry DumaualPR & Partnerships Director, The Monday Campaigns
  • Lisa Weiss
    "From start to finish, Ken has been attentive, professional and thoughtful in tailoring his workshop to the needs of our team. He is a careful and responsive listener, and thoroughly committed to meeting our needs. I have already seen results from his work and hope to find additional ways to continue our relationship."
    Lisa WeissFormer Executive Vice President, Cooney Waters Group, now Cooney Waters Unlimited
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eric Yaverbaum
    "In my 25 years in this business running agencies, I have never worked with anyone as consistently right and as insightful as Ken. Whether it was advice that was effective at agency management or someone with the experience to tell you what you may not have seen on your own, Ken is in a league of his own. From training to growing business organically to being the 'secret weapon' in winning new business, Ken is worth triple what he bills. If you want to run better brainstorms or enhance client profitability, you could not choose someone with a better track record."
    Eric YaverbaumPresident of Ericho Communications
  • 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
  • Eric Morgenstern
    "Ken shares a special blend of experience, expertise and individualized care and attention to help leaders become even better leaders. His recent sessions at the 2016 Counselors Academy Spring Conference were great examples of his spirit of sharing providing immediate, take-home value. Every time Ken speaks, I learn something. Thanks for all you do."
    Eric MorgensternCEO, Morningstar Communications
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lynette Hoy
    "I had the pleasure of meeting Ken and experiencing his expertise during his presentation at the CAPRSA Pre-Con on 'How To Start Winning More Business, Now!' for 2016 in May. His ability to touch everyone in the room with his presence drew me in, and how he went about looking at issues we as business owners all face in PR and then narrowed down what could be done right away to solve some of these issues was fantastic. I started the conference eager for more because of Ken. I learned a great deal and look forward to more in the future. Ken is down to earth, funny, empathetic and a great teacher. I recommend him highly as a speaker and a coach. Thank you Ken, for your organic and down to earth approach. It is addicting!"
    Lynette HoyFire Chief, Founder and CEO, Firetalker PR
  • Tom Garrity
    "Ken is a top rate consultant and has been a part of The Garrity Group success. Because of that connection, I had a chance to introduce Ken for his 2016 presentation to the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America leadership breakout, 'Discover The Leader In You: Nine Critical Actions For Leadership Success.' His presentation and connection with the attendees was strong and the event was a success."
    Tom GarrityOwner, The Garrity Group
  • 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
  • Daniel Lemin
    "Ken is one of those rare souls you meet who draws you in to listen and hear him out. When I talk with him invariably something he says stays with me for a long time. One of my favorite Ken quotes: what comes AFTER what comes next? An intuitive spidey-sense is what brings him success, but it's his genuine good nature that makes him truly special."
    Daniel LeminHead of Consulting, Convince & Convert
  • Filomena Fanelli
    "I was fortunate to attend Ken's 'How to Start Winning More Business. Now!' presentation at PRSA’s Counselors Academy Spring Conference. Ken's talk was ground breaking and his targeted approach to winning new business really got me thinking. If you’d like to know if it made a difference, rest assured, it ABSOLUTELY did."
    Filomena FanelliCEO/Founder, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd

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