When life deals you lemons …

11 apr 2017

I did not set out to be an inspirational speaker. In fact, I did not choose to be one, it chose me. I was very happy and fulfilled reaping the rewards of the tremendous effort that it took to be...

Wow. What a review. I feel blessed.

11 apr 2017

Motivational Speaker, John Baumann's message speaks to us all - with or without Parkinson's Feb 13, 2016 Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium held in...

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11 apr 2017 John Baumann Proud Person with Parkinson's posi-spectively in my head Frequently if I am working with a patient in...

Ali Article

11 apr 2017

While his more than 29-year battle with Parkinson's Disease has transformed Muhammad Ali, it has given him something too - respect as a different type of fighter. The graceful boxer who once floated...

Tears – Muhammad Ali – Parkinson’s

11 apr 2017

Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time as he has said so many times and that may be, I am not an expert at boxer comparison. He did have 100 amateur wins and was a huge underdog at 22 years...

Powerful Words

11 apr 2017

Dear John, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I needed this so much! I don't know what I would do without the Movers and Shakers group. You all give Louis and me LIFE. Kathy Sonnier Mier John...

2016 Speaking Schedule

11 apr 2017

2016 SPEAKING SCHEDULE January 21, 2016 - Naples, Florida Bayshore Memory Care & Ageless Grace “Life with Parkinson’s” February 6, 2016 - Tampa, Florida Michael J. Fox Partners in...

Norton Healthcare GO CONFIDENTLY Speaker Series

11 apr 2017

Good Morning John, You were quite the remarkable, inspirational speaker, and the Go Confidently event was a huge success with approximately 300 guests in attendance. I glanced at the surveys and...


11 apr 2017

John,​ Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation. It was a perfect change from the heaviness of medical talk to a discussion of real life peppered with a good amount of humor. Not to...


We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.