Posts Tagged ‘Awareness’

Unshackle Yourself Too

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

LinkedIn Groups

Group: Parkinsons Proud
Discussion: Do you agree with the assertions made in this video?:

New to the group…watched this video through burning tears. After several years of being diagnosed I have been doing the exact opposite of what you shared. Thank you John, you’ve inspired me to find a way to unshackle myself and live! I will be sharing this with my care partners and friends. I’ve just been through about two weeks of total fatigue and this was the kick-in-the-seat that I needed to get on with it. Even while watching the video I was beginning to understand why God is leading me down this path. Thanks again and going to buy your book tomorrow. God Bless.

TheInspiringEsquire YouTube Channel Launched

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Actually, John, the video that I think is the best is 17 Decide Success Action Step 10 Attitude – Parkinson’s “For the Best”. You talk about the difference between Everything Happens for A Reason and Everything Happens for The Best by sharing what your life would have been compared to what it is now – again, showing us that attitude and perspective make all the difference.


John Baumann wrote:
If you only have time to watch one video of mine, this is the one:

If you know of anyone that may need a speaker at an event, please pass this along.

Thanks, John

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DECIDE SUCCESS – You Ain’t Dead Yet available at – (502) 262-3300

Reviews from Presentation at Sunflower Revolution

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011


Below are some comments from attendees of the Sunflower! As you will see from the first comment, people raised the scale from a 4 to 4 +, 5 and even a couple 10! They loved you!!
Hope all is well.

Kelly Lyle
UC Health Neurology

* I had a lot of “5″ or 4 + and a “10″
* Great speaker
* You ain’t dead yet
* Great motivational speaker
* Great! Very personable-inspiring
* Extremely excellent!
* Absolutely so uplifting – made me want to have a new attitude
* Very, Very good
* Inspirational (NUMEROUS TIMES)
* Great
* Nice to hear from a person with PD, very uplifting
* Bring John back every year! Very inspiring
* What an encouragement
* Superb
* I’m a Fan
* Fantastic, God bless him
* Important presentation – do not limit yourself
* Positive material with faith – God as the basis
* Love to laugh – great fun
* Motivational speech
* Excellent – see him next year
* Thanks, helpful to us both
* Fabulous speaker, loved it
* Attitude above belief
* Extremely inspiring
* Another excellent, inspiring talk – encouraging
* Actually a 10!
* Enjoyed the ride, John’s humor, inspiring talk
* Very motivational with lots of food for thought on living with PD
* Outstanding – Great

Review of New Orleans Mouse Story:

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Is it possible to rate a speaker above excellent? It is if you have heard John Baumann. He has spirit and energy, knowledge and compassion. Before taking the podium if time permits, he mingles with the group, looking at everyone,listening, chatting.  He then goes on to give a very personalized presentation.  His “You ain’t dead yet” story sums it all up.  Thank you John for making our Parkinson’s Awareness Night with the Indiana Pacers a huge success.

Overcoming Adversity Presentation prior to Indiana Pacer Game A Success

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Sent: Sun, April 10, 2011 6:51:42 AM

Subject: speech

Thank you, thank you for all you did to make our PD/Pacer event a huge success.  We have gotten nothing but positive comments about your speech and the event in general.

Your son was such a big help Friday. Nice boy, takes after DAD.  If we can help you with anything in the future, just give us a call.

Linda and Mary

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010






John Baumann has achieved educational & professional success:
• graduating college summa cum laude with a BBA,
• receiving his juris doctorate from Cornell Law School,
• passing three bar exams (Texas, Louisiana & New Jersey),
• practicing as an attorney for 25 years (including as General Counsel of a Nasdaq listed corporation),
• appearing on CNN Headline News as a legal commentator,
• hosting an internet talk show on success on Voice America and
• being selected as the Most Inspiring Professor by the 2009 Scholar Athlete of the Year for the University of Louisville.

NOW YOU can learn how to be more SUCCESSFUL.


ROADMAP TO SUCCESS – An anthology including chapters by Dr. Ken Blanchard, John Baumann and Deepak Chopra.

TWELVE STEPS TO SUCCESS – Understandable, Sequential, Comprehensive & Memorable SUCCESS Enhancement Principles

(1) Perform an Honest Assessment:
Be aware of Weaknesses
Identify areas of natural Talent/Ability/Intelligence
Focus on Your Interests & Play to Your Strengths

(2) Envision (End-Vision): Be There/Experience It
Identify Specific Necessary Steps

(3) Best Effort: Self-Confidence/Image/Worth

(4) Be Prepared & Practice: Exhaustive Diligence & Rehearsal

(5) Raise Your Level of Intensity: Focused Passion & Boundless Energy

(6) Seek Out Essential Experiences:
Variety, Stretch & Life (unintended)
Develop ability to exercise good judgment and to adapt
Learn from mistakes

(7) Develop/ Nurture Contacts & Resources: Build Your Own Network

(8) Increase Your Level of Awareness: Insights
Continually Question What Is – See Beyond What is Apparent

(9) Anticipation: Trusting Instincts

(10) Attitude: The Power of Posi-spective

(11) Accountability: Uncompromising Integrity

(12) Faith: In yourself. In others. In a higher power.

John Baumann has also succeeded in the face of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe ypung age of 41.

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Harassment Charges Increase

Friday, December 17th, 2010

EEOC Announces Highest Number of Discrimination Charges in Agency’s 45-Year History


Posted by Shanti Atkins

Employers Embrace Enhanced Compliance & Prevention Efforts to Manage Escalating Risk in the Face of Expanded EEOC Enforcement Efforts

Just released Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge statisticsfor FY 2010 set yet another record – both in number of charges, and total dollars recovered from employers. On the heels of two consecutive years of record high charges in 2008 and 2009, the 2010 statistics demonstrate a resilient and powerful trend of increased exposure to costly discrimination claims.

The total number of charges filed in FY 2010 rose to a record 99,022, up 7.1% from FY 2009. While the agency has not yet released the charge details by protected category, employers can expect to see retaliation, race, religious and disability discrimination top the list as they did in 2009.

The rise in EEOC charges is not surprising. The ADA Amendment Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act have expanded the EEOC’s statutory authorities, making it easier to file a discrimination claim.

Continued high unemployment is also a major factor in these numbers. Significant layoffs and terminations, coupled with a scarcity of alternative employment, has drastically expanded the pool of potential claimants and litigants. Given our “jobless recovery” employers can expect to see the trend of rising discrimination claims continue into 2011.

Along with the number of charges filed, the EEOC is boasting a record $319 million recovered from employers -the highest level in the Commission’s history. The agency is crediting the increase to easier filing procedures and extensive training for their employees – both part of a bigger systematic initiative to more efficiently and effectively enforce discrimination laws. The EEOC’s increased efforts are clearly working. Despite the surge in charges, the agency was able to keep its backlog relatively constant from 2009-2010.

The shift in control of the House of Representatives will also drive even greater enforcement activities in the coming year. Though Republicans now control the House, the Obama Administration does not need Congressional approval to work through federal agencies (like the EEOC) to enforce existing laws. So in 2011, the Administration will undoubtedly place even greater emphasis on enforcement.

The EEOC is better equipped than ever to investigate the record number of claims being filed – and employers need to be prepared. Now’s the time for organizations to enhance their comprehensive anti-discrimination policies to cover all forms of discrimination.

But remember, employees rarely read policies and policies alone do not effectively guide and change behavior. U.S. Supreme Court and EEOC guidelines require companies to provide the entire workforce with effective and periodic training. Being able to prove that such preventative education programs are in place can help employers to establish a robust and valuable litigation shield that can help to eliminate claims, and to significantly reduce damage awards.

With both strong policies and effective anti-discrimination training, employers will be well equipped to avoid the rising tide of EEO claims. But if the EEOC comes knocking on your door, effective training can help to assert powerful affirmative defenses that can save your organization millions.

Disability Discrimination John Baumann Parkinsons Proud

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

John Baumann discusses his decision to leave his corporate law position and become an inspirational speaker

Twelve Steps to Success Book Preview

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

John Baumann’s first book, Twelve Steps to Success, is set to be released the first part of 2011. Here is a preview in interview format:


Today we’re talking to John Baumann. John graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Isenburg School of Management and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School in 1986. Attorney Baumann, in his 25-year law career, has passed the bar and practiced law in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey before becoming General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed corporation headquartered in Kentucky. He teaches in the College of Business at the University of Louisville and is a professional inspirational speaker focused upon The Power of a Positive Perspective and Twelve Steps to Success. As The Inspiring Esquire, John has produced two DVDs (Learn Success Today and Learn Negotiation Today) and one CD (Reclaiming Posi-spective).

John is also workshop facilitator specializing in appreciation and respect training for existing and prospective supervisors. In addition, he is a consultant specializing in proactive workplace prevention including harassment elimination, union avoidance and injury reduction. Attorney Baumann also practices family law specializing in domestic violence prevention and is Of Counsel at the law firm of Ferreri & Fogle. John has been on CNN Headline News as a legal expert, has hosted an internet talk show on success and is the Chair of the Kentucky chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

John Baumann, Welcome to Roadmap to Success.

John Baumann (Baumann)

Thank you, I’m very pleased to be here, I’m honored to be included in this publication.


So you have had a great deal of success from a 25-year practice as an attorney to being selected as the most inspiring professor by the student athlete of the year to internet talk show host on success with over 50,000 monthly listeners to an appearance on CNN headline news as a legal expert, so could you tell me and our readers, we would like to know which professional achievements are you the most proud?


This is an interesting question and the answer will likely surprise you. I go back to high school, specifically tenth grade. I lived in a middle class household with little opportunity financially for college. I had mediocre grades and not a lot of extracurricular activities on my resume. I woke up one day and decided that I wanted to go to an Ivy League law school.

Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, I started a process to provide myself the things that I determined were necessary in order to go to an Ivy League law school First, I needed money to pay tuition and living expenses, Second, I needed excellent grades. Third, I needed to learn the material in the classes I was taking. Finally, I needed extracurricular activities to put on my applications.  

At the time, I had no money and very little access to funds. My grades, as I said, were average at best. Although I did well on the math portion of the SATs, my English score was a dismal 510. My only extracurricular activity was being a deep reserve on the junior varsity soccer team.

How did I get there? How did I, eight years later, show up at Cornell Law School. I often wonder myself. I’ve been thinking about, and studying, success since that time and there were basically four, of my Twelve Steps to Success principles, that came into play at that time.

The first one was “End-vision.” I didn’t call it that at the time, but it was to actually see yourself in that destination. Feel what it is to be, in this case, a student at an Ivy League law school. Experience it with all your senses. The second part of End-visioning is to identify the specific steps necessary to achieve this End-Vision. For me, s I said, these were (a) improve my grades, (b) develop items for my school applications and (c) find the money to pay for college and law school.

The second Twelve Steps to Success that I want to mention is “effort.” I made a commitment to myself to go to every class, do homework for every class while the class was fresh in my mind, and study as hard as I possibly could. In high school, I became the student body president, I was lead in the senior class play, and I was on the varsity tennis team, while, at the same time, I worked in restaurants close to full time.   One unique adventure that I experienced in the “effort” category was in my sophomore year in college. I went down to Houston, Texas, and sold books door–to-door. This involved a tremendous effort because we’d start at 7:30 in the morning and finish at 9:30 at night, six days a week, with sales meetings on Sundays. So a lot of the people were burned out and gave up. As physically, mentally and emotionally draining as it was, I made the commitment to myself to stick it out. I just decided that I was going to put in more effort than anyone else. I was determined to achieve. Not only did this summer job bring financial rewards, but it also bolstered my self-confidence, self-image and self-esteem.  

In addition to having an “End-Vision” and putting out my best effort, a third of the Twelve Steps for Success is “Intensity,” which I also call, “Focused Passion.” This puts an emphasis on the competitive nature of school, activities, etc. How to get the “A.” I tried to be as aware as possible to see how I could get the “A” in each class in order to get the best grades possible to get into an Ivy League law school. In essence, see beyond what was apparent. I not only treated school like a job, but a competition. I treated the SAT like a contest. I studied as hard as I possibly could and that intensity eventually paid off.

Having a Positive Attitude is the fourth of the Twelve Steps for Success principle that I wanted to mention. What I call, “positive perspective,” as you mentioned in the introduction. That is, keeping a positive perspective, and setting your goals high. Someone once said to me, “If you don’t have any expectations, you can’t be disappointed.” Well, that’s kind of a pessimistic way to look at things, it may be true, but then you won’t be reaching for the stars, and if you reach for the stars and come just short, you’re still in the heavens.

So what I anticipated was doing the best I could possibly do with the natural ability and talent and intelligence that I had and shoot for the stars, go for the Ivy League law school. To be described as someone who “made the most out of their talent, ability or intelligence,” is one of the greatest compliments that one could bestow on another.

I applied to Harvard and Cornell. I was rejected at Harvard and was waitlisted at Cornell. I was admitted to Boston College law school, a fine institution that I would have been content with. On the Friday before law school started, I received a call from Cornell Law School. At first, I thought it was one of my college friends playing a prank on me. When I was realized that the call was, in fact, from Cornell, I asked what their inquiry was, and they said that they had one spot left in the class of 1986 and would I like to consider it. I said, “Well, where would I live” and they said we have a dorm, but the dorm is full so you’d have to find your own place to live. I didn’t have a car at the time, so I said can I call my father to see if he could drive me up there and they said, “Well, this offer is only open during this phone call; we have to go to the next person on the list.” I said basically, “I’ll take it, it’s my dream, it’s what I have worked toward for years.”  

Similarly, I think of the movie, Rudy.  Similar to Rudy, who took average sports ability and average intelligence and got on, in the heyday of Notre Dame, the best football team in the land, even for one down or one play, I felt like I had used absolutely the most of my ability and achieved something important. I never felt that I wouldn’t be able to excel at Cornell, I just felt as though the barriers might have been there to getting me in. Once I was in, I felt very comfortable, I was never overwhelmed.

I was in awe every day, the experience was tremendous, one that I’ll never forget: the ivy covered buildings, the tradition, the history. The key was to get in and, somehow, through intensity, diligence, effort, and some luck, I was able to financially pay for it through the work I had done over the years and academically get in to Cornell. That, to me, was my proudest professional accomplishment, getting admitted into an Ivy League law school.

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John Baumann set to Motivate UL Field Hockey Team

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Hello Mr. Baumann,
Thank you for your willingness to share your message with the University of Louisville Field Hockey Team. Our team member Erin Conrad speaks highly of you and recommends that we invite you to visit our team.
If possible, the best time to meet with our group would be at the start of the spring semester 2011. We will embark on a new challenge as we will be graduating 7 seniors…6 of them starters and the other an important part of our leadership group.
We will be building a new leadership core and coming together as a basically new and different team.  GO CARDS!
Pam Bustin
Head Field Hockey Coach
adidas Field Hockey Complex
University of Louisville
317 E. Warnock St.
Louisville, KY 40208