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January 16, 2014

JOHN BAUMANN’S “DECIDE SERIES”

I. Parkinson’s Saved My Life: Really? … Really!
Truly believing that everything happens “for the best” is a life philosophy that brings the higher level of awareness necessary to make the decision to successfully embrace life’s challenges.

The presenter draws on his own personal experiences with a progressive, degenerative disease early in his adult life to demonstrate that even being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can actually be a life-saving event. He discusses his life in 2002 when he was diagnosed and compares it to the quality of his life today. If this can be done faced with living with this incurable disease for the remainder of his life, surely the people in your organization can decide to work more positively in turning challenges into opportunities to excel.

II. If I had Decided to Stay, I would not be Alive Today!
Recognizing that, when a decision is made, avenues that are not chosen may no longer be available, it becomes imperative that a structured approach to decision-making be utilized.

The presenter provides twelve action steps that will assist individuals and organizations in making better decisions. The presenter draws on his own personal experiences when he had to make very difficult decisions in his life including deciding to not stay in (adopt) the typical mindset of a person faced with an incurable, degenerative disease. As the presenter says, “Ultimately, my life depended upon my decision-making ability.” You and the people in your organization can decide to make better decisions utilizing many of the same action steps.

III. Every Glass is Actually Full.
Finally the definitive answer to the age-old question whether a glass is half full or half empty becomes apparent when we no longer ignore the third element (gas).

The presenter provides an uplifting look into the power of positive thinking including his approach to living well with Parkinson’s since 2002. Once we decide that nothing is impossible, everything becomes possible. The people in your organization will have their blinders removed by the presenter, what they decide to do with the information presented is entirely up to them. You can have a more positive workforce.

IV. Just Enough to be Dangerous.
What every person in every organization should know about the law.

As Detective Friday is famous for saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” The presenter provides basic legal tenets of the full range of legal subjects that affect the workplace. The people in your organization will know enough to decide when they need to seek legal advice for a workplace issue and, more importantly, know if the attorney they are working with is the right one for the job. All lawyers are not created equal.

V. Positive Peer Pressure.
A novel approach to proactive prevention of workplace issues.

The presenter demonstrates how harassment can become non-existent, labor issues can be avoided, and even injuries can be reduced, not by just employing the same techniques that have always been used (policy in the handbook, orientation or annual videos, and progressive discipline), but by convincing the entire workforce that it is in their best interest to decide to get involved in this mission and that you truly care about them. The methods used have been demonstrated to be effective. The best people in your organization will be happier, more productive and stay with you longer.

Testimonials

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.

MARY SPREMULLI VOICE AEROBICS

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.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

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.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL