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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

  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "I've had the pleasure of working with and knowing Ken since before he was able to grow a beard. He blends those years of experience with a deep passion for the business and, most importantly, a keen sense of how best to work with individuals and entities to get maximum results. He earns my highest recommendation."
    Jeffrey GraubardJeffrey GraubardFormer Managing Director, Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 KitzingerBeth KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
  • "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
  • "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 OssoIvette Sanz OssoChief Operating Officer at DEVRIES GLOBAL
  • "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 GrossMeghan GrossVice President, Pierpont Communications
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 YaverbaumEric YaverbaumPresident of Ericho Communications
  • "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 HarrisBryan HarrisCOO & Managing Partner, Taylor
  • "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 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
  • "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 GubermanSteve GubermanVice President, Creative and Digital Services at R&J Strategic Communications Former President, Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
  • "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
  • "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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