Liz Hake is a Seattle-based actor, creator, and businesswoman known for her contagious warmth, communicational prowess, and direct feedback with everyone she coaches or works alongside. She believes in the importance of leaning into your personal communication style to create authentic, charismatic bonds with audiences from the stage, on the screen, or in the boardroom. Her storytelling can unite any audience, and she has used her stage training and oratory skills as Director for one of the largest non-profits in the country. She cultivated long-lasting relationships with high profile women in business, and hosted events to raise funds and spread awareness regarding health issues among women in USA. She has trained professionals in variety of industries, including clients from Microsoft, SAP Concur, Tableau, VMware, Smartsheet, Payscale, Turbo Tax, and Qualtrics. Her most recent project, in addition to guiding her own clients and investors in the competitive real estate market, involves coaching young Real Estate Brokers on leadership skills, negotiation, authentic branding, and relationship building. She is ranked as a 5-Star Top Broker in Western Washington State.
Liz has performed with artists and musicians from over 30 countries, and has a love for learning different dialects and accents! Some of her favorite credits include: “Morticia/Grandma U/S” in The Addams Family Broadway Tour, “Marion” in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and originating roles in several new musicals—most notably “Kate Murphy” in the New World Premier of Titanic! The Musical. Her one woman show Hot Note is a comedic retelling of her life as an actress and was performed with an 8-piece orchestra for audiences all over Europe. If you’re lucky, you might catch her on a number of educational real estate marketing videos used in listing presentations across Western Washington!
Her favorite pastimes include scouring food blogs for the best restaurants/happy hours to drag her husband to, tending to her many plant-babies, educating herself on upcoming trends in fashion and design, and grabbing a coffee (how Seattle of her!) to explore her city by foot.
What is your favorite moment in the training room?
My very favorite moment in the training room is the moment I can see the notes “click.” I love how every individual client has a new puzzle I need to help solve, and once we get to the place where their personality suddenly shines through their content, the presence onstage is suddenly activated and engaged, or the story/lesson they need to convey is clear… that is when I feel most rewarded!
What’s one thing you wish the business world would borrow from the acting world?
I wish the business world would be more open to the idea of failing or embarrassing yourself in front of your peers. As actors we spend so much time trying different onstage choices, looking silly or messing up, and can usually rely on our peers to envelope us in a bit of laughter when it’s all said and done. I think if people weren’t as terrified to look silly or embarrass themselves in front of others, we would see huge leaps in regards to confidence, creativity, and output in the business world.
Which talent would you most like to have?
What can’t you start your day without?
I am a full on coffee addict. I have weaned myself a few times but I’ve learned that I truly enjoy that morning beverage and ritual so much, why deprive myself??
What is your hidden talent?
I can play the spoons! I spent a summer learning to yodel and play the spoons and though I haven’t found a particular use for either of those talents since then, I like to keep them in my back pocket for special occasions!