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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

  • "Our Princeton Strategic Communications team worked with Ken over the course of a year to implement a business development plan that was tailored to our needs. Ken carefully coached us through the planning process and encouraged us to pursue and achieve our stretch goals. Ken gave our process a valuable set of professional eyes to ensure the best results."
    Norris ClarkNorris ClarkManaging Partner at Princeton Strategic 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
  • "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 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 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
  • "Ken provided an on-target seminar on 'How to deliver 5-star client service' for our international Public Relations Global Network - and hit an immediate chord with our 50-member network of PR agency owners. We all know how important client service is, but sometimes forget how to implement it effectively. What I personally liked best about Ken's seminar is the way he offered specific ways to engage your clients that were eminently do-able. We've already done it and seen a big difference. I recommend Ken highly."
    David LandisDavid LandisCEO/President, Landis Communications Inc., President Giant Step Digital, Past President, Public Relations Global Network
  • "Ken recently gave an outstanding presentation to the members of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) on "How To Grow Your Business." The occasion was an online session, part of our global virtual member meeting attracting agency owners, principals and senior managers. The presentation was not only practical and offered a great flow, but it also included highlights from Ken's recent business development engagements. Insights Ken shared with our group were strategic, practical, and do-able. Responses from the attendees highlighted how much they appreciated the insights and most importantly Ken's friendly, positive and full-of-energy presentation style."
    Gabor JelinekGabor JelinekPublic Relations Global Network (PRGN)
  • "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 MorgensternEric MorgensternCEO, Morningstar Communications
  • "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 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
  • "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)
  • "Ken helped me shoot for the stars while keeping my feet on the ground! He really helped me distinguish what was reality vs. my own imagination, and did a great job in holding me accountable for coming up with (and doing!) actions that would get me closer to my dream life. I’m currently running my business from Argentina with confidence– in large part thanks to Ken’s coaching!"
    Jessica BroomeJessica BroomePrimary Researcher, Jessica Broome Research
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 first started following Ken through PRSA and attended a few of his online webinars on coaching and leading. I knew right away he is one to watch! He is confident, personable and practical, and his lessons in leadership can be implemented immediately after stepping away from his class. Sign up for a 1:1 coaching session, and he will help you unpack just about any leader communications dilemma you might be facing, no matter where you are at in your career trajectory. He has a full portfolio and the knowledge and expertise to share. Ken is one of a kind, and I am beyond lucky to have him in my network. Book him!"
    Daniella WiedelDaniella WiedelGlobal Internal Communication Manager at GM Financial
  • "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'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 CherensonMichael CherensonAPR, PRSA Fellow, EVP of SCG Advertising & Public Relations
  • "Ken Jacobs worked with myself and other senior leaders at RW Jones. I have found sessions with Ken to be tremendously valuable for my success and development as a leader. Having a confidant who you can be vulnerable with and ask questions about modus operandi and bounce ideas off of is tremendously important. Even more important is the ability to create goals and have someone hold you accountable for reaching those goals. Ken is a great listener and provides timely feedback. I would recommend for anybody in C-suite, senior management or middle management roles. If you are interested in chatting more, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Happy to have a conversation about our firm's work with Ken."
    Scott WillyerdScott WillyerdPresident & Managing Partner at RW Jones Agency

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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