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I’m a passionate, experienced, holistic communication consultant & coach, storyteller, creative, and NEW AUTHOR of the book Discovering Our Magnetic Speaker Within. Get your copy here

Tina Bakehouse

Founder, Chief Communicator
Educator, Executive Consultant & Coach for 20+ Years


Growing up on a farm in southwest Iowa, I found fun in performing, teaching, and learning. Using my front porch as a proscenium stage, I created radio talk shows with my tan 1980s Fisher Price tape recorder and orange sponge microphone. I composed scripts with my siblings and acted them out annually for my parent’s anniversary. I practiced monologues and speeches for high school competitions. Now, with my enthusiastic passion for performance, I’m transferring what I loved as a child into my adulthood career (with updated technology, of course).

Then, in 2007, I lost my voice. My voice was completely gone. More than laryngitis, it was vocal polyps, just like Julie Andrews. This vocal condition was due to stress, strain, and overuse. I met weekly with a speech pathologist for vocal therapy and saw a throat specialist who gave me two choices: surgery to remove the polyps, which could permanently change my voice, or complete silence for six weeks. I chose silence. In those six weeks, I realized the importance of listening and being fully present with others. I also realized how my vocal and nonverbal presence defined who I am and influenced my communication with others. After lots of therapy and rest, my voice recouped, and I left the high school teaching arena after six years of teaching speech and English.

Following 10 years of collegiate teaching at Creighton University, including starting a communication center for one-on-one coaching and consulting, I decided to try something new: leave education and work as an outreach and communication coordinator for a nonprofit. Burnout sneaked in. I made a difficult decision to jump out of a plane (figuratively) to try something new (again) by working for a bank as a Chief Creative Officer. Then came an international pandemic. From this social isolation, I committed to creating my own story by helping others share their stories with confidence and communicate more effectively, both in business and interpersonally.


Sitting on my 1880s rooftop, I muse, stargaze, and share ideas. I’m an idealist who believes in people, places, and possibilities.

Rockin’ Rollerskater

Full of energy and still an active rollerskater and rollerblader, I’m enthusiastic and passionate about what I do and who I meet.

Goat Whisperer

Like goats who are compassionate and kind just because—I am too.

Champion Cheerleader

I motivate and challenge others to grow in their speaker style and be their best self.

Speech Geek

I’ve participated on speech teams as a competitor, coach, and judge and have practiced speeches religiously in front of a mirror. I love learning, growing, and educating.

Mad Libs Master

As a child, Mad Libs helped me develop my love of words and how to use them effectively. (I still rock out a Mad Libs story just for fun).

Genuine Go-Getter

I make things happen—I see a social or environmental problem and use the arts or creative problem-solving to create solutions. (e.g. Developed and facilitated nine AgArts Camps on farms with artists, started and facilitated a youth theatre camp).


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Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Theatre, English Teaching

Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Psychology

Certified in Advanced Professional Writing

Certified in Predictive Index

Certified in Keirsey Temperament Theory

Certified in 5 Levels of Improvisation

PQ Intelligence Training

Iowa Speakers Bureau

Disney Institute Trained



Author of Discovering Our Magnetic Speaker Within

Former Creighton University Communication Studies Instructor

Created Creighton University Communication Center for faculty and students

Humanities Iowa Board Member

Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Speech Critic

Leadership Iowa

Union Pacific Railroad Curriculum Developer and Training Facilitator

Human Resources Training Experience


Walt Disney World Cast Member

Adult and Teen Storytelling Coach for multiple shows

Storyteller: NY, Blue Barn Theatre, Wilson Performing Arts Center

TEDx speaker and TEDx Coach

Director and Storyteller for Malvern’s 150th Celebration


I attended a workshop with Tina and learned so many tips re: story telling versus public speaking. We were so impressed with her teaching style that we have many of our new leaders attend her workshops. I am on several boards and when we hire new ED’s who are “green” we hire Tina to provide 1:1 training with them. I highly recommend Tina to anyone who wants to improve their public speaking and their professional image when presenting.

Alicia Elson
Quality Living Inc.

Tina B led an amazing team building event for our organization. She was able to pull out so many creative thoughts while providing some great guidance. Being able to get out of our comfort zone of our office and into her space really helped. The huge bonus was the unique setting she has that is tranquil and relaxing. Taking a brain break by visiting with goats definitely put everyone on the same page! Not your typical session, not typical results. You and your team will walk away with a lot of fresh ideas and new perspectives.

Marcy Browning
Duet Executive Director

Tina B is fabulous. Tina has served our staff and members as a public speaking coach and has led team-building sessions for us. She is gifted storyteller and helps others tell riveting stories as well. Tina’s passion and talent shine through in everything she does.

Sally Worley
Executive Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa