Posts Tagged ‘perspective’

Awesome Presentation

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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

Parkinsons Proud Positive Perspective – John Baumann

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Newly Diagnosed Parkinsons

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It was a day I will never forget. The day I first laid eyes on Krista Brooks, MD.

Within minutes of us meeting, I knew. My life would never be the same.

I walked toward her. She knew before me. She read it in my eyes. She saw it in my facial expression.

She took my hand, and as it started to shake in hers, she said three words that changed my life forever.

No, not “I love you,” but ” You have Parkinsons.”

The world stood still. Everything went to slow motion. How old was I? I wasnt even sure at that moment, 43, 44.

Isn’t Parkinsons an old persons illness? But didn’t Michael J. Fox get this at an early age. Wasn’t that rare?

I staggered to the rest room. After splashing my face with cold water, I started to come back to my new reality.

Strangely, there is no test to determine if you have Parkinsons or PD other then doing an autopsy.

Being that I am still alive, and that I intend to stay that way for a long, long time, I opted against the autopsy (not a tough decision). What you can do is start the medication and see if it works. Unfortunately, the medication worked.

The first challenge was to continue to function as if nothing had happened. I now had a horrible secret, one not of my own making.

What also comes with the territory is going through the emotional trauma of letting your loved ones know and deal with their reaction while, at the same time, deal with your own emotions. I was exhausted.

When I finally got around to talking to my mother. Her reaction surprised me. Of course, she expressed empathy, but then she said something that I will never forget, “Everything happens for a reason.” Our family had always been fighters, but something was different.

She had said this phrase hundreds of times growing up, but something had changed, she used to say, “Everything happens for the best.” Why the change? She said, “I can’t imagine that you getting Parkinsons is for the best.” My mother unknowingly had provided the motivation to move forward. Is it possible to prove that it was for the best?

There was an event coming up in DC called The World Parkinsons Congress. My parents drove up to sit with me through a bunch of hyper-technical lectures – talk about love. Although you can’t stop the progression, you may be able to slow it. Wow, that was what I was hoping to hear (becoming a medical researcher was not an option, too late to go back to school, too old to put in 12 more years).

The to do list will not surprise you: exercise; eat right; reduce stress; laugh a lot (not really on the list); and lots of affection (not there either, but this is my list, so I will include whatever I want). By the way, eating right includes blueberries, strawberries, and (no kidding) red wine and dark chocolate. Say no more, sign me up.

This diagnosis also prompted me to do something different with my life than being the top attorney for a company.

Despite much concern, I started teaching several undergraduate classes at the University of Louisville and opened my own inspirational speaking & consulting business ( and

I am scheduled to speak in Cincinatti, Birmingham and Houston in 2011. Possibly also Indianapolis and Phoenix.  I will present anywhere, anytime ( My talk in entitled “Transforming Yourself Into a Proud Person with Parkinsons: The Power of Posi-spective (Positive Perspective).” For a preview, go to

In addition, just as there is much that can we done to proactively prevent, or at least slow, the progression of Parkinsons, I have dedicated my energy and passion to eliminate workplace harassment, reduce workplace injuries, teach supervisory skills based upon appreciation and respect, enhance success skills, and speak on Parkinsons. My focus in all these presentations is to elevate awareness and understanding by providing instructive real life examples, engaging imagery and appropriate humor. I also hosted an Internet Talk Show on success.

This is where I am- enjoying life, enjoying work.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I have Parkinsons and I guess proud of it.

You can even call me a Proud Person with Parkinsons.

And my mother now believes that this is for the “best.”

Inspirational CD Success DVD

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Reclaiming Posi-spective (CD)

In this extraordinary 70 minute interview,

John Baumann discusses on this single Compact Disc,

how YOU CAN Reclaim Posi-spective (Positive Perspective).

“Your personal stories of growth and optimism struck a deep chord with those in attendance.”

Executive Director, Saskatchewan Assoc. of Rehabilitation Centres






Along the way, John has cherished being caregiver to his daughter (who has flourished despite being born with life threatening birth defects and cerebral palsy) and is positively living with his own diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease since the ripe young age of 42. Throughout it all, John has been able to maintain his sense of humor and what he calls “Posi-spective” including being a self-proclaimed  “Proud Person with Parkinsons.” John now dedicates his energy and passion to inspire others and teach success in interactive and workshop formats to audiences around the world.

John Baumann has achieved educational and professional success:

• graduating college summa cum laude, receiving his law degree from Cornell, and passing three bar exams;

• practicing as an attorney for 24 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 Voice America; and

• being selected as the Most Inspiring Professor by the 2009 Scholar Athlete of the Year for the University of Louisville.

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John Baumann’s charisma and passion to teach in a storytelling format will give you a memorable way to learn and relate to his nine secrets to success. He is a speaker with over 50 appearances including presentations to executives at major corporations, the staff of not-for-profit companies, and at the request of State Bar Associations, Government Administrations, Chambers of Commerce, law firms, colleges and high schools.

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Attorney & Professor John Baumann, The Inspiring Esquire, has identified FIFTEEN understandable, step-by-step NEGOTIATION PRINCIPLES that will result in YOU being able to Learn Negotiation Today.

In this extraordinary hour long Learn Negotiation Today: Fifteen Steps to Effective Negotiation presentation, Attorney of 24 years & Professor John Baumann will show YOU, with real life examples, exactly how to be a better negotiator.

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Baumann Inspiring Parkinson’s Positive Perspective

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

John Baumann presents Closing Call to Action at Louisville Parkinson’s Conference set for November 15

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Living with Parkinson’s: Conference to aid patients, families

Read about a Parkinson’s conference in Louisville, KY to be sponsored by the Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana:

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, Adjunct Professor at University of Louisville, Attorney & Professional Inspirational Speaker, will be presenting “Reclaiming Posi-spective: The Power of Positive” as the Closing Call to Action at the Living Well with Parkinson’s Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky on November 15, 2010.

Best Testimonial Ever for John Baumann

Friday, November 5th, 2010


Dad and I listened to your radio interview.  It was amazing and I mean it.  You have a gift for speaking and I loved your use of descriptive words.  Like “unflappable”.  You need to have your own show or get more speaking engagements.  It will happen.  I know it.

Love you, Mom

John Baumann comments on Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Conference on Clinical Trial Reseach

Friday, October 29th, 2010

John Baumann, The Inspiring Esquire, provides inspiration to others with life-changing medical conditions, their family caregivers and all professional caregivers.

Louisville Parkinson’s invites John Baumann to Present Closing Call to Action

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, will be presenting “Reclaiming Posi-spective: The Power of Positive” as the Closing Call to Action at the Living Well with Parkinson’s Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky on November 15, 2010.