Mental Health Speaker

John Baumann is a motivational mental health speaker who offers a unique perspective that connects people struggling with mental health problems worldwide. John will inspire you through his own journey and empower you to overcome challenges, find hope, and embrace the possibilities that lie within you!


John Baumann is a well-known Mental Health Speaker who has spoken at more than 100 conferences in the United States and Canada. In 2002, at the age of 41, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which became the most significant challenge of his life. Despite this, he has achieved various milestones in his life, including graduating from Cornell Law School and serving as an exceptional attorney at Exxon.

Now in his late 50s, John has successfully reinvented himself, accepting and embracing his condition. He continuously taps into qualities like hard work, discipline, perseverance, and courage to combat mental health diseases. Alongside his wife, Bernadette, he discovered the importance of inner strength and a strong faith in facing this difficult journey. The key for John was uncovering his true purpose.

Following his diagnosis, John became an internationally recognized speaker, joining the faculty of the College of Business at the University of Louisville and authoring a well-received book titled “DECIDE SUCCESS.”

From Malaysia to France, and numerous places in between, John has shared his informative, inspirational, and surprisingly humorous speeches with audiences ranging from 15 to 1,500 people. With Bernadette’s support, he has transformed his health through positive thinking, a healthy diet, and vigorous exercise.

Transform Your Perspective on Health and Wellness: Book John Baumann for an Inspiring and Motivational Journey

Living with mental health illness is a tough journey, filled with challenges that require strength and resilience. If you’re facing these struggles, know that you’re not alone. Invite John to your next event and be inspired by his journey of resilience and determination. When you book John, you are getting more than just a motivational speaker. His talks are interactive, engaging, and packed with actionable insight. Each talk is tailored to suit the unique needs of your audience to ensure a personalised and inspiring experience.

What To Expect? A Note From John Baumann

When you engage me to do a successful or inspirational presentation or workshop, you receive a customized product specific to your organization. I prepare myself for each assignment including creating an End-Vision, putting out my Best Effort, being Prepared, raising my level of Intensity, etc. You will experience a mental health speaker and workshop facilitator who is full of insights, humor, and experiences and who has an unbelievably positive attitude, uncompromising integrity, and faith in himself, others, higher power, and that life has a purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions

John Baumann’s first-hand experience dealing with mental health brings a unique perspective to his mental health talks. He shares practical insights on resilience, overcoming challenges, and finding purpose, offering valuable support for those navigating similar journeys.

John addresses a range of topics, including resilience, positive thinking, and discovering one’s true purpose. His talks touch on the mental and emotional aspects of facing challenges, providing inspiration and guidance for individuals dealing with mental health problems.

Booking John Baumann for a speaking engagement is easy. Simply visit the “Book John” section on his website, fill out the contact form, and a representative will get in touch with you promptly to discuss your event details.

Absolutely. John understands that each audience is unique. His talks can be tailored to address specific themes or challenges relevant to your audience, ensuring a meaningful and impactful experience for everyone.

Yes, John Baumann is available for virtual events and online conferences. Whether through video conferences or webinars, he continues to share his inspiring messages, making his expertise and support accessible to a wider audience.


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“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.