Positively Unshakeable Professional Inspirational /Motivational Speaker Living an Amazing Life with Parkinson’s disease for 14 years and counting … Scheduling 2016 engagements NOW
- 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.