Positively Unshakeable Professional Inspirational /Motivational Speaker Living an Amazing Life with Parkinson’s disease for 14 years and counting … Scheduling 2016 engagements NOW
Motivational Speaker, John Baumann’s message speaks to us all – with or without Parkinson’s
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.
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, Feb 13, 2016
- Fall “Distinguished Speakers” Symposium 2015 – October 10, 2015 – Living an Amazing Life: “John Baumann spoke to a Neuro Challenge Foundation this morning. You could have heard a pin drop. He was mesmerizing. The only sound was the occasional laughter and applause and the end with a rousing standing ovation. John you are positively brilliant.” – Judith L. Bell, Executive Director, Neuro Challenge Foundation Inc. for Parkinson’s
My basic message is that, whatever hand life deals you (whether your fault or not), whatever life-changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it, to not just live well, but live an AMAZING LIFE. It takes faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, inner strength. For me, it was having Parkinson’s disease in my 30’s; I am 54 today and have very few symptoms. (Click on the Davis Phinney – Olympic medalist with PD – box on the front page of this website to hear him tell my story).
How is that possible? It means doing whatever it takes to slow this, or any other, disease or condition.
These things are not always easy to do. In fact, they are often very hard, but you HAVE to do it. You have no choice. This is your new JOB. Not one that you applied for or sought out in any way, but one that you obtained just the same.
This life is not a dress rehearsal. It is the live production. Each of us has the power and strength within us if we dig deep enough. Dig deep. This is what I talk about in my inspirational, motivational and educational presentations in the United States and around the world/
I am a different person than I was pre-Parkinson’s. Some have said, “A kinder, gentler John Baumann.” One set of “blinders” has been removed. I see things that I have never noticed before concerning what really matters in life. I am not as interested in material things. I have a whole new set of “real” friends in the Parkinson’s, yoga and fitness community that I have “bonded” with due to our common issues and passions. I feel like I am making a “difference.” My life has purpose and I am focused upon leaving a legacy.
In addition, I am more physically fit than I have ever been in my life. I have lost those 40 pounds that I knew that I needed to lose, but never even tried. My bad cholesterol level is down from 180 (very high) to 105 (normal). The unbelievably part is that I have had this degenerative, progressive, irreversible, neurological, incurable disease for almost 13 years and you would not know it by looking at me (at least most of the time).
Finally, and most importantly, during my journey with Parkinson’s, I met and married my love, my chef, my workout partner, my friend, my sidekick, my wife, my Bernadette. I truly am living an Amazing Life with Parkinson’s. So can you.
We have inspired, and are available to inspire, any size audience.
If you know of any association or company that is looking for someone to motivate their employees or inspire their members at an annual meeting or in smaller groups, please pass along my contact information. We have never use an agent or speaker’s bureau and, instead, are depending upon our contacts to help us continue to fulfill our life’s purpose. Thank you.
John and Bernadette Baumann – JohnDecideSuccess@gmail.com – 502.262.3300
“I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed you, your presentation and Bernadette and Oliver! Nothing but praise coming in: ‘best keynote speaker we’ve ever had, etc.,etc.’ You shared a lot of love this weekend in Milwaukee, John!” – Vicki Conte, Program Manager, Department of Neurology, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin (September 2013).
John has made presentations with amazing reviews, among other places, in Akron, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Burlington (VT), Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Edison (NJ), Frankfurt (KY), Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Lexington (KY), Louisville, Malaysia, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Desert (CA), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Regina (Canada), Rochester (NY), Sarasota (FL), Sioux Falls (SD), St. Louis, St. Thomas (VI), San Antonio, San Juan (PR), Santa Fe, Tulsa, Utica (NY), and at the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal.
John is married to Bernadette, who often appears with John, to speak on being an “icare partner” and their exercise/nutrition regime.