Why I Became an Inspirational Speaker

…… if you were striving to inspire deep belly laughter, internal reflection, misty eyes, and a healthy dose of “open your eyes to the world that surrounds” as they say in Hollywood, you nailed it! - SARC Executive Director commenting on Reclaiming Posi-spective Keynote

…. I remember I cried, I laughed, I felt sad, and then happy ….but at the end BEING STRONG, a much stronger person…. - Shahin Shoostari, PhD, fellow Conference Speaker


John Baumann has achieved educational and professional success:

• graduating college summa cum laude,

• receiving his law degree from Cornell Law School,

• passing three bar exams,

• practicing as an attorney for 23 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.

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 Parkinsons Disease since the ripe young age of 41. 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 Baumann, The Inspiring Esquire, now dedicates his energy and passion to inspiring others and teaching success to audiences around the world. If you are looking for an experienced, yet fresh, speaker with high energy, boundless passion and a focus on giving audiences tangible takeaways, give me a shot, you will be impressed.

6 Responses to “Why I Became an Inspirational Speaker”

  1. Tiffany Detwiler says:

    John Baumann is a wonderful speaker as well as a professor. I’m enrolled in his Commercial Law class at the University of Louisville. During his lectures he encourages class participation and uses a variety of teaching methods. His speaking is very effective and makes me want to come to class to listen to real life stories that have occurred throughout his career. I believe that educates students about the topics more than reading the textbook.

  2. Leslie Dawson says:

    I think “Inspirational Speaker” is an understatement. While having Mr. Baumann as a professor at UofL, I have reflected on my own values and reassessed how appreciative I am for college professors and the experiences they go through that most students don’t realize. I think the way he relates not only his business experience, but his personal life to his teaching sets a precedent that we should all follow. No matter what material is being discussed, a positive attitude is always displayed and constructive criticism is always handed out. New ways of learning and approaching various situations have been learned throughout my semester with Mr. Baumann, and his ability to teach the material at a level anyone can understand is greatly appreciated.

  3. Taysha Farley says:

    Mr. Baumann is not only an inspirational speaker, he is also a great professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. You can tell he has the best interest for his students to do well. He wants the best out of his students and really want us to learn and understand the concepts that his presents in class. His teaching style is very different and his humor is not so bad either. With his illness, you would never know. He is a nice guy and he earns my respect with his bravery and passion!

  4. Taryn McCravy says:

    Mr. Baumann was one of my professors at the University of Louisville this year and I must say that he really impressed me. He is a enthusiastic engaging speaker. He really engages his students with class discussions and the lawyer in him emerges often because he encourages and enjoys debates! He is an inspiring individual who has been faced with many challenges in life but has taken them head on with a smile and essentially made lemonade out the lemons he was given. I love to hear his random stories that he always brings up during discussions that are always filled with witty humor. I enjoyed him as my professor and I know that his passionate way of connecting with people makes him the Inspiring Enquirer!

  5. Martin Dunn says:

    Mr. Baumann has been a terrific professor and speaker throughout this past semester. A lot of people (myself included) may find law to be a very boring and dry subject, but Mr. Baumann quickly changed my view on the situation. I used to think that it was usually black and white in most cases- either a crime/tort was committed or it wasnt. John has made me more aware of possible legal issues around me. Also, throughout the semester he has given humorous anecdotes and real-world examples as backup to material. It is great to have a professor like John Baumann at the University of Louisville.

  6. Mona Jackson says:

    Mr. Baumann came highly recommended to me as a professor with a great attitude and hands on teaching style. I was not dissappointed. The class he taught at the University of Louisville this semester was not only a great book learning experience for me but also very real world and very inspiring. By overcoming his obstacles with his great attitude, he helped me reassess my issues and attitude towards them. I am inspired to not only be a better student, but a better mother and better person. I really enjoyed listening and learning from Professor Baumann this year.

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