"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
"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
"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 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 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
"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
"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
"For three years (or more) in working with Ken, he has been a terrific counselor on Five Star Client Service training and various agency management issues. In addition, he is a great coach on business development and leadership."
Brenda BarwickFounder, President, CEO at Jones PR
"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
"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 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 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
"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'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
"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 MorgensternCEO, Morningstar Communications
"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'AngeloPublic Relations Professor; Director, Executive Master's Program, Communications Management
"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
"Simply put, Ken can make you, your team and your agency better. At least that's what he did for us at The SPI Group. Working with Ken, you quickly realize that no matter how good you are or how strong your business may be, there's always room for improvement. And, it's always great to have Ken available as a sounding board when planning or facing a difficult situation. I give Ken my highest recommendation!"
Steve GoodmanFounder & Chief Product Officer, Inkbench and Founder of The SPI Group
"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 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