Reviews from January 2016

January 25, 2016

2016 Educational Series: Aging Through Dementia
Life with Parkinson’s
Presented by John Baumann, critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized speaker.
His first time speaking in Naples, John Baumann will detail his inspiring 14 year journey living with Parkinson’s with a message of embracing challenges and living life to the fullest. Please join us for this informative and inspiring presentation on January 21, 2016, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
at Bayshore Memory Care, 1260 Creekside Boulevard East, Naples, FL 34109

Fantastic talk on Thursday with John! He will do this again on April 12 in St Pete for any of you who missed it and wants to attend.
Katherine Campbell,MA   
Owner, These Joints are Jumping 

Good Morning John,
It was such a pleasure meeting you yesterday and hearing your heartfelt talk.  It really reminded me that with all that “stuff in life”, the real essence is our sharing our authentic, human self and our connection with others. Also, thanks for the autographed book…I look forward to reading it.
Blessings to you,
Rose McCann
Rosemarie McCann

Thank you John! 
I felt so happy to be present for yesterday’s event. The information gained from John’s Talk AND our personal discussions are Priceless. May we continue to fill our own vessels so that we can pour into others. 
Margaret McClearn

Thanks John! It was a pleasure meeting you and I am inspired by your life story!!
I wish you continued good health and success, and look forward to seeing you in the future. 
With joy,  Barb Ehrgott 
Hello Betty Jane
Connecting Family and Friends
Bradenton, FL

Upcoming Inspirational Presentations open to the public:
February 6, Partners in Parkinson’s, Tampa, Florida
February 12, Hope Symposium, Ft. Myers, Florida
March 19, National Capital Area Symposium, Falls Church, Virginia
April 6, Manhattan, Kansas
April 16, Saskatoon, Canada
September 17, Summit, New Jersey


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.