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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

  • "Ken provided executive training and workshops on more than one occasion in previous roles I've had. His workshops were thought-provoking and come with the high-energy personality that havemade Ken a friend to so many in the communications industry. I hold Ken, and his work, in great regard."
    Kurt CulbertKurt CulbertFormer Vice President, Taylor
  • "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 HunterKen HunterPresident and Chief Strategist, The PowerStation Communications
  • "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 KitzingerBeth KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
  • "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 CalzoneAngela CalzoneCo-Managing Member, Change & Response Strategies, LLC, Senior Vice President, Talent Resources and Organization Development
  • "Ken Jacobs is the best! I worked with Ken for the past year – and it was our best year yet. My company’s income grew by 22% As a PR expert, I was never trained on how to be a business leader. Ken gave me very substantive tips, feedback and advice. He helped me develop a business plan with financial goals, encouraged me to focus on our firm’s strengths, lead my team and grow my business. By using the Energy Leadership coaching system and working with Ken, I was able to figure out what really motivates me and how that helps me do my job better - he empowered me to lead my business with courage and strength. Due to Ken's coaching, I now feel more like a business leader rather than a PR person. I’m forever grateful to Ken."
    Laura GrossLaura GrossPresident, Scott Circle Communications
  • "I first approached Ken for coaching around building the right business development mindset as I was settling into a new role/establishing a new office for our agency. After a few weeks working together, I quickly realized how much opportunity was ahead of me. I was able to unpack some previously held beliefs about my skill set and be open to new ways of working. As a result of working together I've not only cultivated the mindset I was initially seeking but have been much more productive, uncovered other areas of growth and am better prepared to not just handle change but thrive during it! It was a great experience."
    Meghan GrossMeghan GrossVice President, Pierpont Communications
  • "Simply put, Ken can make you, your team and your agency better. At least that's what he did for us at The SPI Group. Working with Ken, you quickly realize that no matter how good you are or how strong your business may be, there's always room for improvement. And, it's always great to have Ken available as a sounding board when planning or facing a difficult situation. I give Ken my highest recommendation!"
    Steve GoodmanSteve GoodmanFounder & Chief Product Officer, Inkbench and Founder of The SPI Group
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 GarrityTom GarrityOwner, The Garrity Group
  • "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 BaumDan BaumCEO and Founder, DBC PR+New Media
  • "I was fortunate enough to work closely with Ken during a period of significant change and opportunity at my agency. Ken's coaching style centers around Energy Leadership, a new concept to me, but one that helped me frame each situation as an opportunity and overcome tendencies that were holding me back. I recently had my annual review, which was very positive, and credit a significant portion of my growth this past year to Ken’s coaching. I feel Ken’s influence has made me a more confident and effective leader and given me the tools I need to navigate all of the changes at the agency. Thank you, Ken!"
    Katie Scullin LongKatie Scullin LongVice President, Idea Grove
  • "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
  • "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 BuchsbaumEsther BuchsbaumPresident and Co-founder of energi PR/RP
  • "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 YaverbaumEric YaverbaumPresident of Ericho 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 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 DriscollMegan DriscollAgency Founder, Evolve MKD

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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