"I have known Ken Jacobs for more than 20 years as an esteemed colleague in PR, a valued provider of PR training and coaching to our agency, and as a dear and trusted friend. I cannot recommend him highly enough as a person of great integrity, compassion, creativity and as a brilliant PR educator and trainer.
Ken's training sessions always receive the highest marks because he really connects with his audience based on his personal experience and track record in creating award-winning PR campaigns, developing high-performing teams and building business for his agencies. The highest rated training session ever done at our agency was one that Ken presented at CRT/tanaka's annual retreat in 2010 entitled, 'Delivering World-Class Service.'
One of the many reasons I admire Ken is that he is doing exactly what he most loves and does better than anyone else: developing and implementing training programs and coaching that provide high-value to PR professionals and their organizations."
Patrice TanakaChief Joy Officer, Joyful Planet LLC, former Senior Counselor, Padilla/CRT, former Co-Chair, Chief Creative Officer, CRT/tanaka
"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 CalzoneCo-Managing Member, Change & Response Strategies, LLC, Senior Vice President, Talent Resources and Organization Development
"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 GoldbergChief Reputation Architect at Reputation Architects Inc
"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 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
"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 LonsdorfPresident at R&J Strategic Communications
"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 BaumCEO and Founder, DBC PR+New Media
"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 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 LockeCEO-Founder, Communications Match
"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 BuchsbaumPresident and Co-founder of energi PR/RP
"Ken is high-level strategic thinker who is also a great teacher. He recently led a sold-out session for Social Media Club Philly & PRSA Philly, which led to a robust discussion that the audience stretched for more than an hour beyond the meeting.
Ken also does an excellent job asking the critical questions that help you think through approaches to PR, keep your team motivated and make you laugh really hard. And I don't know about you, but I don't think there are enough laughs these days."
Annie HeckenbergerVP, Group Director, Brand Communications Strategy, Digital Health
"I always felt Ken Jacobs was a counselor at heart; he was a pleasure to work with at MMC and exuded a genuine passion for teaching and counseling colleagues and peers. I'm thrilled to see that Ken has launched his own consulting practice and is following his passions, working with various industry experts. His published works are truly insightful and I often share them with industry colleagues."
Ivette Sanz OssoChief Operating Officer at DEVRIES GLOBAL
"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 FanelliCEO/Founder, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd
"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 KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
"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 LandisCEO/President, Landis Communications Inc., President Giant Step Digital, Past President, Public Relations Global Network
"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 CoyneFounder, Coyne PR
"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
"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 DriscollAgency Founder, Evolve MKD
"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 BroomePrimary Researcher, Jessica Broome Research
"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