Blinders Removal Expert

July 5, 2014

Are YOU looking for someone to help MOTIVATE your team?
Have you recently noticed a lack of SPARK in your employees?
Have the people in your organization started to develop blinders narrowing their vision?

Sounds like they could benefit from a lunchtime shot of John Baumann, THE affordable Motivational Speaker WJSHTHP*
*who just so happens to have Parkinson’s

As described to Goldie Hawn in the movie Overboard, “Most of us go through life with blinders on. Knowing only that little station to which we were born. But you madam, have had the… rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you.”

Let John Baumann help remove the blinders in your valued employees using his blinder-removing experience, not only surviving or even just accepting, Parkinson’s disease since 2002 at the age of 41, but actually EMBRACING IT.


After enjoying one of John’s presentations, a nurse practitioner was very enthusiastic saying “he engaged with the patients really well, also after the presentation. Also Bernadette’s participation as care partner is appreciated! Some patients/care givers were crying during his presentation!” She also told us that these type of presentations are “so much more powerful vs. the traditional “education” from physicians: very focused on Motor symptoms, while John was talking about the patient in a much more holistic way, much easier to relate to, and less technical. Great learning!”

“I humbly thank you, and am grateful that you accepted our invitation, I think you and Bernadette were awesome.! All PD patients and caregivers need to learn from you both. Your energy was contagious, I’m even eating better today and I exercised!!! I really enjoyed meeting you both. I wish you two all the best for future success. If I can help with that, please let me know. I sincerely hope our paths cross again soon. Real soon!!!

Please feel free to contact the following event coordinators:

1) April 4, 2014 Orlando Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute: Anissa Mitchell at or 407.303.5295

2) April 12, 2014 University of Rochester: Dennis Whitney at or 585 755-1448

3) April 29, 2014 New Jersey Neuroscience Center: Jacqueline Cristini PA, MMSc, New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, JFK Medical Center 732-321-7000 X68726 or

4) May 17, 2014 University of Buffalo: Patricia Weigel at or 716-218-1000

• Provides inspirational presentations to Parkinson’s groups worldwide
• Provides patient-perspective motivational & informational presentations to hospitals and other healthcare providers
• Provides presentations on his success principles to students of all ages
• Provides presentations on success in the workplace to all industries
• Appeared as a guest commentator on CNN Headline News, Prime Time
• Was interviewed on WHAS and WAVE TV in Louisville
• Hosted a talk show on success called “The Inspiring Esquire”
• Was an Executive Officer of Steel Technologies Inc.
• Graduated from Cornell Law School
• Is on the Faculty of the University of Louisville, College of Business
• Was Board Chair of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Kentucky
• Was on the Board of Junior Achievement
• Was on the Board of the Kentucky Chamber of Congress
• Practiced law for 25 years in Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana
• Is a Member of the National Speakers Association
• Wrote or contributed to several books including Decide Success, Roadmap to Success, Courageous Stories of Inspiration, and The Art of Living Well
• Had articles written about him in the Courier Journal, Louisville Magazine, Business First and the Voice Tribune
• Has been Parkinson’s Proud for 12 years since he was 41 years old

Contact: or 502-262-3300
Louisville, KY
Phoenix, Arizona


“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

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.