Mid-2013 Speaking Engagements open to the Public for John Baumann, Author of DECIDE SUCCESS

July 17, 2013

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Shou … shou … bang: moving more quickly through the stages of the emotional rollercoaster in order to embrace your Parkinson’s disease on solid ground

John Baumann1
1Faculty, University of Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Objective: To enlighten and empower Parkinson’s patients as to the significant influence that each of us has over the quality of our own life.

Methods: I identified the emotional issues or phases that typically result from a Parkinson’s diagnosis (shock, disbelief, denial, anger, difficulty disclosing to others, social awkwardness, isolation and depression) and determined what can be done to eliminate, or, at least move through, these difficult and undesirable emotional phases more quickly. I identified what could be done to accept and embrace life with Parkinson’s, including what I could do to reverse, if not, slow the progression.

Results: I concluded that there are action steps that can be followed to be more successful. I then applied these steps to my life with Parkinson’s. I conducted an assessment of what I could still do. I envisioned myself with the highest quality of life possible doing what I was still able to do. On a daily basis, I reminded myself to live in the moment; to continually update my “bucket list” and experience each item; to keep a positive attitude; to have faith in myself; to eat healthy, organic food; to exercise daily, gradually moving every day further out of my comfort zone; to perform activities that keep me mentally sharp; to discover and rediscover my life’s purpose (currently as an inspirational speaker and author: Decide Success – You Ain’t Dead Yet); to be more loving, kind and compassionate; and to accept, and even embrace, Parkinson’s by finding meaning (silver linings) in the disease. The ultimate result of enacting this plan is that I am healthier now, over ten years into my Parkinson’s, than I ever was before I started exhibiting symptoms of Parkinson’s. My conclusion is that anyone with Parkinson’s can take steps to improve the quality of their life.

John M. Baumann JD, BBA, NSA is an renowned inspirational success speaker, author of DECIDE SUCCESS and teaches at the University of Louisville, College of Business. John helps real people to live their lives to the fullest and even embrace their situation.

In 2002, at 41, working as the top attorney for a public company, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is a living example of what healthy living and positive attitude can improve one’s quality of life.

John contributed to Roadmap to Success, along with Dr. Ken Blanchard and Deepak Chopra and been a commentator on CNN HEADLINE NEWS. His most recent publication is the first chapter of a compilation on The Art of Living Well: John Baumann’s no nonsense, in your face, extremely effective self-improvement edicts for those who are absolutely, positively committed to transform themselves: Moving Forward.

John has hosted an Internet talk show on success (with more than 50,000 monthly listeners) and is a contributor to the books Courageous Stories of Inspiration and The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson’s Disease. As The Inspiring Esquire, John has produced two DVDs (Learn Success Today and Learn Negotiation Today) and a CD (Reclaiming Posi-spective). John is particularly proud of being selected the Most Inspiring Professor by the University of Louisville Scholar – Athlete of the Year and nominated as a 2011 Faculty Favorite. John has taught a class at the Brandeis School of Law.

John dedicates his energy and passion to inspiring others and teaching success to audiences around the world. He qualified as a full member of the National Speakers Association his first year of eligibility and is an experienced, yet fresh, speaker with boundless passion. John is also a practicing attorney, workshop facilitator and consultant in proactive workplace harassment elimination and injury reduction ( John also helps employers properly work with employees who become disabled and represents employees whose employers do not ( John earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts School of Management. As an attorney, Mr. Baumann has passed the bar and practiced law in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey before becoming General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed corporation headquartered in Kentucky. John is also Chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors. John has cherished being caregiver to his daughter (who has flourished despite being born with life threatening birth defects and cerebral palsy) and father to a college-aged son at the University of Kentucky.

John has made presentations with amazing reviews in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Burlington (VT), Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Louisville, Miami, New Orleans, Palm Desert (CA), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Regina (Canada), Sioux Falls (SD), St. Louis, St. Thomas (VI), San Juan (PR), Santa Fe, Tulsa, Utica (NY), and will be speaking at the World Parkinsons Congress in Montreal in October.


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.