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Ken Jacobs, PCC, 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 Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 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).

Testimonials

  • "If you want to be a truly effective leader, attend Ken's seminars, listen to his podcasts, read his blog or even hire him as a coach. His insight, passion, knowledge and selfless nature make him a consummate counselor. He has helped business leaders grown their businesses for more than 20 years. He's also been a great asset to PRSA's Counselor's Academy - generating ideas, serving as a sounding board, and cheerleading for his fellow practitioners."
    Rick Alcantara, M.A.Rick Alcantara, M.A.Director experienced in public relations, marketing, social media, employee communications, crisis communications, web
  • "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 LockeSimon Erskine LockeCEO-Founder, Communications Match
  • "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 HoyLynette HoyFire Chief, Founder and CEO, Firetalker PR
  • "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 WeissLisa WeissFormer Executive Vice President, Cooney Waters Group, now Cooney Waters Unlimited
  • "Ken is coach extraordinaire! I had the privilege of working with him over the last few months during a career transition. Ken’s coaching is centered around the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) which has truly helped me refine my leadership style. His approach is customized to each client and geared towards individual goals. He also brings positive energy to every coaching session, which automatically shifts his clients’ energy to a higher, more productive level. I am a better leader from his coaching."
    Dawn Buzynski, APRDawn Buzynski, APRDirector of Strategic Communications
  • "Ken's sage guidance helped us develop our business development plan and execute every element over a six-month period of regular coaching activities. The data says that the time we spent with Ken more than paid for itself!"
    Melanie Wilt, APRMelanie Wilt, APROwner of Shift•ology Communication & Clark County Commissioner
  • "Ken Jacobs is an amazingly helpful and talented strategic advisor. The best!"
    Ronna ReichRonna ReichFounder at INK & ROSES
  • "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 LonsdorfJohn LonsdorfPresident at R&J Strategic Communications
  • "I always enjoyed Ken’s insightful columns in PRSA’s Tactics. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with Ken as a speaker twice in my role as Programs Chair for PRSA’s Independent Practitioners Alliance: his presentations on Growing Your Indie Practice (June 2018) and Enhancing Leadership for Indies (May 2020) were both rated highly by our members for the value he brought to the programs. He is a favorite speaker among our group. In addition to his leadership expertise and timely content, his presentation style is so warm and engaging, you forget you are on a webinar – it feels more like you are in a one-on-one conversation with him. If you are looking for a speaker who brings timely topics, engaging content, and infectious enthusiasm to the stage/screen, Ken is a must-have for your next event. Your audience will love him as much as ours has!"
    Wendy Kurtz, MBA, APR, CPRCWendy Kurtz, MBA, APR, CPRCAccredited PR and Marketing Professional
  • "Ken Jacobs is great at helping others enhance their leadership abilities, establish clear direction of an agency and setting expectations for substantial improvement. Having Ken as a professional coach, mentor and friend has helped elevate my game both personally and professionally. In addition, as a friend of PRSA, he has provided guidance to thousands of PR professionals, including members of my local chapter by offering up relevant leadership content as a webinar presenter."
    Chris KubanChris KubanManaging Consultant and Sr. Producer, Chemistry PR & Multimedia
  • "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 CoyneTom CoyneFounder, Coyne PR
  • "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 CileaDomenick CileaPresident, Springboard Public Relations
  • "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 LeminDaniel LeminHead of Consulting, Convince & Convert
  • "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 DumaualCherry DumaualPR & Partnerships Director, The Monday Campaigns
  • "I can't say enough good things about Ken! He's worked with us on so many critical things, consulting on business development and marketing as well as ways to increase profitability. We've implemented much of his counsel over the years. Because of his valuable guidance, Ken was also asked to join and has participated in regular agency leadership meetings. He has also successfully coached a number of senior leaders and executives, increasing performance. We've been fortunate to work with Ken for the last four years - and he's always been a valuable partner."
    Heather NorianHeather NorianChief Operating Officer at The SPI Group LLC
  • "Anyone tasked with running a public relations or marketing agency could benefit from working with Ken. I engaged him as an executive coach to help me gain awareness of my leadership style and to help sharpen my focus as I grew my firm and increased the size of our team and business. His insights have been invaluable. Ken has helped me harness my energy and focus on my strengths so that I can be more effective. The positive results happened nearly immediately as I started taking actions and realizing efficiencies (read: money-saving!) in my business. I also was able to sort through challenging decisions to get to wonderful outcomes in a way that matched my values. Last, but not least, Ken guided me through a new business and marketing plan that I'm confidently pursuing. It's wonderful to gain clarity and to focus on what will move my company forward. I'd highly recommend working with Ken!"
    Filomena FanelliFilomena FanelliCEO, Impact PR & Marketing
  • "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 GraubardJeffrey GraubardFormer Managing Director, Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications
  • "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 ReedBob ReedPartner & Cofounder of Element-R Partners, LLC
  • "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 GubermanSteve GubermanVice President, Creative and Digital Services at R&J Strategic Communications Former President, Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
  • "For three years (or more) in working with Ken, he has been a terrific counselor on Five Star Client Service training and various agency management issues. In addition, he is a great coach on business development and leadership."
    Brenda BarwickBrenda BarwickFounder, President, CEO at Jones PR

Articles

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Ken Jacobs on His Own Leadership Values

For our last issue of 2019, Ken Jacobs himself tackles the questions that he has asked countless other PR leaders.

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AnnaMaria DeSalva on Maintaining Your Center

A Q&A with AnnaMaria DeSalva.

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Doug Baxter on Respectful Leadership

A Q&A with Doug Baxter.

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