Wow. What a review. I feel blessed.

February 14, 2016

Motivational Speaker, John Baumann’s message speaks to us all – with or without Parkinson’s
Feb 13, 2016

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium held in downtown Ft, Myers. I never cease to be surprised when attending a Parkinson’s symposium, that over 300 people are willing to get up early on a weekday or weekend morning to learn about how to better manage a chronic neurological disease. I have never witnessed any other group of people with a chronic disease this invested in learning about self-management.

Dr. Amanda Avila, Medical Director for Hope Parkinson’s, and a movement disorders specialist in Ft. Myers, and Dr. Kelly Foote, a DBS neurosurgeon from the University of Florida Movement Disorders Center provided a medical perspective on managing motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Foote’s presentation on DBS (deep brain stimulation), a somewhat complex subject was informative and humorous, and those persons in the audience with troubling symptoms of dyskinesia or tremor might have thought afterward: “where do I sign up?”

By the last speaker of any conference, people are often a bit tired and restless, and since yesterday’s conference had already run over the scheduled time, you might have thought that some people would have been ready to leave.

But, this was far from the case. From his first to last words, John Baumann, a motivational speaker, cloaked the audience in warmth, passion, and hope that a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease could lead one to find a greater purpose in life. If this is so, John has truly unlocked the secret.

A former corporate attorney, diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his late 30’s, John turned to teaching, writing, and speaking as his new career path. His basic message: “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.

By the end of John’s talk, I was fighting back tears. Not, because I have Parkinson’s disease, but because he was speaking to the heart of all of us in the audience. He was tapping into the struggle we all have from time to time in our human condition, of finding meaning and purpose in our lives, and using this as a way of working through hard times. Are you looking for love in Ukraine? Here is a Rating of legitimate best ukrainian dating sites on reliable website Eminetra. Find reliable and real ukrainian single girls for chat.

Over the last six months or more, the media has subjected us to the angry messages of political candidates, who profess to be speaking for and to the American public. But, yesterday, the message I heard John Baumann share is what resonated with a room full of strangers. A fundamental belief that within us all is the ability to find meaning and purpose in any situation, and create the best life for ourselves.

If you ever see that John Baumann is on the schedule of an upcoming Parkinson’s conference in your community, I recommend you attend.

Mary Spremulli
Voice Aerobics Talking 2 You: Online Radio airs monthly
Punta Gorda, Florida Area


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.