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John Baumann, NSA, BBA, JD – Expert at Teaching People and Organizations How to “Decide” – Parkinson’s Proud since 2002


Does your organization have an annual Symposium or Event? Are you considering doing so in 2014?
If so, I would be honored to be your chosen as your Keynote Speaker.

John Baumann has been living with Parkinson’s since being diagnosed in 2002. He has built a presence within the Parkinson’s community and associations as a trustworthy keynote speaker and inspiring leader. John has the patient perspective and he can clearly communicate with others, leaving them with more understanding and hope. John is a living example of how attitude, diet and exercise can have a positive effect on the symptoms of Parkinson’s. He also wrote a book to assist others in creating their Own Personal Success Plan entitled: Decide Success.

Here’s why:
• I have been the Keynote Speaker at dozens of Symposiums for hospitals, medical personnel, caregivers and patients with rave reviews bringing humor, insights, and inspiring stories of personal experiences.

• I have learned to live my life to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease for over 11 years and am healthier now (on all levels) than I have ever been.

• I relate, on a personal level, with professional caregivers (a former E.M.T.), family caregivers (daughter with CP) and, of course, patients (Parkinson’s Proud since 2002).

• My entirely new presentation provides the attendees with the following Tangible Takeaways:
o The realization that, despite whatever the disease, we are the same person as we have always been (maybe better for the additional life perspective) and that the disease does not define who we are.
o The awareness that each of us still has the power, to a great extent, to determine the course of the disease, if we choose to exercise that power.
o A better understanding of the emotional rollercoaster that we each go through and how to soften the curves, moving toward a “Get Over It” mentality more quickly.
o How to create a Plan (with Daily Action Steps) to slow, if not reverse, the symptoms of the disease, including forming your own “tribe.”
o Getting to the point where you actually Embrace Adversity and Reclaim your Positive Perspective.
o Believe that somehow, someway the disease is “For the Best” and have Faith that you will “Find your Purpose.”
o And So Much More …….

Thank you for the inspiring talk presented to the US WorldMeds team in Orlando. I walked away knowing I just heard one of the best motivational presentations I had a chance to be part of since I have been in Pharma industry (20 years)!” Best, Glenn Esgro – VP of Managed Markets / US Worldmeds, LLC (October 2013)

You are the real deal.” – former Congressman Romano L. Mazzoli (October 2013)

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).

Hot Topics

I. Parkinson’s Saved My Life: Really? … Really!
Truly believing that everything happens “for the best” is a life philosophy that brings the higher level of awareness necessary to make the decision to successfully embrace life’s challenges.

John draws on his own personal experiences with a progressive, degenerative disease early in his adult life to demonstrate that even being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can actually be a life-saving event. He discusses his life in 2002 when he was diagnosed and compares it to the quality of his life today. If this can be done faced with living with this incurable disease for the remainder of his life, surely the people in your organization can decide to work more positively in turning challenges into opportunities to excel.

II. If I had Decided to Stay, I would not be Alive Today!
Recognizing that, when a decision is made, avenues that are not chosen may no longer be available, it becomes imperative that a structured approach to decision-making be utilized.

John provides twelve action steps that will assist individuals and organizations in making better decisions. The presenter draws on his own personal experiences when he had to make very difficult decisions in his life including deciding to not stay in (adopt) the typical mindset of a person faced with an incurable, degenerative disease. As the presenter says, “Ultimately, my life depended upon my decision-making ability.” You and the people in your organization can decide to make better decisions utilizing many of the same action steps.

III. Every Glass is Actually Full.
Finally the definitive answer to the age-old question whether a glass is half full or half empty becomes apparent when we no longer ignore the third element (gas).

John provides an uplifting look into the power of positive thinking including his approach to living well with Parkinson’s since 2002. Once we decide that nothing is impossible, everything becomes possible. The people in your organization will have their blinders removed by the presenter, what they decide to do with the information presented is entirely up to them. You can have a more positive workforce.

IV. Just Enough to be Dangerous.
What every person in every organization should know about the law.

As Detective Friday is famous for saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” John provides basic legal tenets of the full range of legal subjects that affect the workplace. The people in your organization will know enough to decide when they need to seek legal advice for a workplace issue and, more importantly, know if the attorney they are working with is the right one for the job. All lawyers are not created equal.

V. Positive Peer Pressure.
A novel approach to proactive prevention of workplace issues.

John demonstrates how harassment can become non-existent, labor issues can be avoided, and even injuries can be reduced, not by just employing the same techniques that have always been used (policy in the handbook, orientation or annual videos, and progressive discipline), but by convincing the entire workforce that it is in their best interest to decide to get involved in this mission and that you truly care about them. The methods used have been demonstrated to be effective. The best people in your organization will be happier, more productive and stay with you longer.

Member, National Speakers Association
Author, DECIDE SUCCESS and Courageous Stories of Inspiration
Faculty, University of Louisville
Commentator, CNN Headline News

John has made presentations with amazing reviews, among other places, in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Burlington (VT), Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, 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 Parkinson Congress with an estimated 6,000 delegates in Montreal in October. John is married to Bernadette, who often appears with John, to speak on being an “icare partner” and their exercise/nutrition regime.