"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 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
"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 CulbertFormer Vice President, Taylor
"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 KubanManaging Consultant and Sr. Producer, Chemistry PR & Multimedia
"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 GarrityOwner, The Garrity Group
"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 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 LongVice President, Idea Grove
"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
"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 StoneChairman and CEO, Saxum (Integrated Marketing Communications Agency)
"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 GubermanVice President, Creative and Digital Services at R&J Strategic Communications Former President, Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
"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'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 the privilege of working with Ken as my leadership coach earlier this year, and he did not disappoint. During our time together, Ken helped me identify both strengths and opportunities for development, then worked closely with me to outline actionable steps for growth as a leader in the communications industry. Several months after the end of our engagement, I consider Ken a great mentor, partner and friend. I would highly recommend him for leadership coaching."
E. Blake JacksonDirector, Corporate Communications, Walmart, formerly Vice President, Digital, Saxum
"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
"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
"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 GrossPresident, Scott Circle Communications
"Ken has always been a trusted leadership and executive coach to many of PRGN’s member agencies for several years. A recent global webinar titled ‘How To Lead Leaders in Uncertain Times’ exclusive to our member agencies not only attracted communications pros from dozens of countries with a timely subject in agency life, but yet again proved Ken’s qualities as a leadership coach, leadership speaker and agency consultant. His presentation skills and storytelling style grabbed the audience’s attention throughout the session and feedback from multiple countries and cultures have testified it was effective despite being a virtual occasion. Ken combined thought-provoking points with practical tips that agency leaders in attendance said would surely put into action. While creating a friendly atmosphere, Ken demonstrated a solid knowledge on leadership trends and on all aspects of his subject content.
Ken’s passion is palpable, both about his subject and for his audience. At the end of the online session, attendees felt inspired to become more effective leaders, using his thoughts and advise. As a host of our global event, I was amazed at the depth of his knowledge and inventory of cases and stories he was able to pull and tell when responding to a wide variety of questions form the audience. Ken is a great partner every host can dream of. Thank you for being with us, Ken, and for sharing some of your vast expertise. I’m sure we'll meet at upcoming virtual or regular member events of PRGN."
Gabor JelinekPublic Relations Global Network (PRGN)
"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
"A one-hour coaching session with Ken Jacobs has inspired, refreshed and instilled confidence in me to take action on several key strategies for my agency. Having interacted with Ken for more than a decade through PRSA Counselors Academy (CAPRSA), I knew him as a kind soul who offers clarity, objectivity, and gives tirelessly of his expertise. His coaching skills reflect more than 25 years of agency leadership and management as well as best practices gleaned from agencies of many different configurations - another benefit of being part of CAPRSA. I highly recommend Ken and look forward to our next conversation."
Rose McKinneyAPR, Fellow PRSA
"Ken is a highly effective PR coach, trainer and facilitator. He has personally experienced what it’s like to deal with issues faced by communications practitioners. Ken teaches beyond theory. He applies real-life lessons learned about client and staff management when he led practices. For sure, his students doubly benefit from his excellent teaching abilities and his first-hand experiences. And when Ken facilitates brainstorms, you can bet he’ll do his best to compel participants to maximize their brainpower to generate ideas that win new business."
Cherry DumaualPR & Partnerships Director, The Monday Campaigns