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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

  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 FanelliFilomena FanelliCEO/Founder, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd
  • "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 VincentJack VincentSales Advisor, Business Storyteller at JackVincent.com
  • "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 GoldbergJon GoldbergChief Reputation Architect at Reputation Architects Inc
  • "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 ThompsonJennifer ThompsonPresident/CEO, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
  • "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 an expert communications professional with keen insights that have helped CRC grow as a young agency and thrive as a result of his dedicated and strategic focus on our marketing and business development efforts. Ken's years of experience running independent and global agencies are a valued source of direction for CRC that has proven helpful with both organic growth and new business."
    Cindy RiccioCindy RiccioPresident and Founder at CRC (Cindy Riccio Communications, Inc.)
  • "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 GobboKristine GobboPresident, Spectrum Public Relations
  • "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 a trusted friend and confidante in addition to being aninsightful management consultant and engaging trainer for agencyteams. We've hired Ken to help our managers become leaders andto help our entire team work better with clients. I expect to hire him again sometime soon. Thanks, Ken!"
    Scott BaradellScott BaradellCEO, Idea Grove
  • "Ken Jacobs conducted two valuable leadership development sessions with mid-career students in the Syracuse University Newhouse School's Executive Master's Program in Communications Management, which I direct. He truly engaged with the attendees to get them to think strategically about leadership, while also offering practical insights they can (and did) bring back to their organizations. To a person, these professionals were grateful to Ken for the value and personal commitment he brought to their leadership journeys, and I strongly recommend him as a trusted source for providing leadership development and communications counsel in any sector--agency, corporate or not-for-profit."
    Anthony D'AngeloAnthony D'AngeloPublic Relations Professor; Director, Executive Master's Program, Communications Management
  • "I hired Ken for some professional coaching to me and my top leadership as well as overall consulting on how to grow our business and improve our services for our clients. Ken was courteous, professional and had deep knowledge in the areas we needed expertise. I highly recommend his skills."
    C. Renzi StoneC. Renzi StoneChairman and CEO, Saxum (Integrated Marketing Communications Agency)
  • "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
  • "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 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 ReichRonna Reich Founder at INK & ROSES
  • "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
  • "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

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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