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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bob Reed
    "Like so many other PR/Marketing/Digital agencies, my firm, Element-R Partners, LLC, was fairly good at closing business, but not bringing in the right business that matched our skills and capabilities. Latching on to any that moves isn’t a strategy. And who wants to be just 'fairly good'? If you are unsure about your firm’s strategic direction, Ken Jacobs can be your surefooted Sherpa. He’s like us – a former, highly experienced agency pro that understands what it takes to covert and manage business. Element-R engaged Ken first to review our website to see if what we were presenting matched what we were conveying verbally to prospects. It didn’t. That led to helping us realign our messaging and developing Business Development and Engagement plans. You read right. Two distinct plans. Business Development was for how to express where we wanted to take the business; the latter was for how to get there. Ken guided us through his deliberate process using focus, honesty and humor that rendered the right result for us. But don’t think this is easy. You’ll work hard. After all, breaking the Redheaded Stepchild attitude takes effort. You should do for yourself what you do for your clients. So if you’re struggling to present and project in a very crowded market, Ken Jacobs can help you find your voice."
    Bob ReedPartner & Cofounder of Element-R Partners, LLC
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bryan Harris
    "Ken is a valued partner to our agency. His keen insights, diverse experience and collaborative approach make for a very successful formula. The training he provided on client service was a welcome addition to our professional development curriculum."
    Bryan HarrisCOO & Managing Partner, Taylor
  • 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
  • Ronna Reich
    "Ken Jacobs is an amazingly helpful and talented strategic advisor. The best!"
    Ronna ReichFounder at INK & ROSES
  • Michael Cherenson
    "Ken's business development workshop and follow-up new business coaching helped our firm tremendously. Ken’s brings a unique blend of business acumen, public relations know-how and emotional intelligence. He’s so good, I truly hope none of our competitors are reading this."
    Michael CherensonAPR, PRSA Fellow, EVP of SCG Advertising & Public Relations

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