"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
"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 NorianChief Operating Officer at The SPI Group LLC
"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
"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
"We recently worked with Ken for a client service agency retreat and his insight was 100% spot on. His 'Five Star' client service received five stars from our staff."
Barbara GoldbergCEO at O'Connell & Goldberg
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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, APRDirector of Strategic 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 GrossVice President, Pierpont 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, CPRCAccredited PR and Marketing Professional
"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
"Ken's valuable insight, knowledge and encouragement set us off on the right path with a new sales and marketing plan, right as the world's pandemic was breaking. This instilled us with the much-needed confidence required to continuing growing our business amid a monumental crisis. Our bi-monthly Zoom sessions with Ken were always helpful and encouraging as he is very nonjudgemental but still provides mentorship and suggestions. I never walked away feeling bad, as sometimes you do with coaches who don't understand your other time-constraints. It is also very helpful that Ken has past leadership experience at top PR firms, so we could pick up important advice in other areas, beyond sales and marketing, such as hiring and client management. As leader of a company, it is important to keep people like Ken close, otherwise it can be a lonely job!"
Amy RosenbergPresident and Founder of Veracity
"Ken has provided excellent value to our executive team in the areas of business development and marketing. He is a pleasure to work with, provides strategic and thoughtful counsel and coaching, and he has helped us to advance many of our business goals. I would recommend him to any agency, and would be happy to speak with anyone about our experience with him."
Maureen JuniperPartner at Praxis
"If you're looking for a coach that is savvy, kind and full of thoughtful counsel, Ken is an excellent choice. He has a really unique way of sizing up leadership and business issues and then guiding you to a successful solution. He is patient, and he knows how to gently push you to be a better leader. Can't recommend him enough."
Jennifer ThompsonPresident/CEO, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
"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.Director experienced in public relations, marketing, social media, employee communications, crisis communications, web
"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
"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
"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