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Blog Talk Radio Interview

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Be sure to listen in on your computer to a talk show interview of my wife and I on living life to the fullest after a life-changing event.
TONIGHT at 6pm.


Thursday, July 19th, 2012

My mother had said to me hundreds of times, “Everything happens for the best.” Almost a year after I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s sitting in her living room having casual conversation, her favorite commentary changed. “Well, remember John, everything happens for a reason.” What had always been the “best” was now a mediocre “reason”, solemn and unexplainable “reason”? When I confronted her about it, she reluctantly explained, “I can’t imagine that your Parkinson’s Disease is for the best.” I felt a sudden rush. I didn’t know it then, but I had been looking for something to inspire me. Right then and there I made the decision to give her optimistic “best” back. Somehow, some way, I would make my having Parkinson’s “for the best.” The fog and denial that I had been living in started to lift. I felt a purpose. That’s why I wrote this book. I was a successful student and professional. The same principles and steps I used to develop my life then applies equally to living life to the fullest after a life-changing event. Your own medical condition or one of a loved one, personal loss, change in your job or even relationship situation can suddenly stop you in your tracks and change the your life as you had known it to be. It does not have to break you. You can make it “for the best”.

If you think that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is the best thing that happened to me. The answer is no. Having unlimited amount of money, traveling the world first class, having and occasional dinner with my favorite Red Sox player, Carl Yastrzemski, that could be the best thing that could happen to me. But you could ask how can anyone be so upbeat? Be so optimistic? Knowing they have an incurable, progressive, neurologic, debilitating disease? At 41 years young?” Is it possible for someone to have had a “so called” great life with a successful career in the field that he loves, in a life style that he loves, suddenly taken away from him. Yet remain uninterrupted. Strong. Happy. Almost superhuman. That answer is a definite “yes,” but most of the time. Sometimes I get sad. I am pissed off at times. I sometimes feel scared. I know what the long-term looks like. I have seen people diagnosed with Parkinson’s “not doing so well.” It would be a lie if I said I didn’t put myself in those shoes for a millisecond. At times, I need to lean on my Bernadette. Reminding myself to “Let go and let God.” I have to force myself to bring my focus back to what is now and follow my “life purpose.” Then I can be the person you see in my inspirational talks. The voice you hear when you read my book, DECIDE SUCCESS: You Ain’t Dead Yet. The person you talk to one-on-one and look to for hope. The enthusiastic, passionate and inspirational person who is John Baumann. It’s through pain and fear that builds a warrior. That’s why you fight. There is not a person throughout history that made a difference who did not have to fight. I see the fear in the eyes of the people in my audiences. They want to fight, but need guidance to find their mission. They find peace in my words of hope. I am determined to make my Parkinson’s “for the best” and I will succeed. Make the decision. DECIDE SUCCESS. I live the title of my book. And, by the way, I ain’t dead yet.

DECIDE SUCCESS is not just another inspirational storybook or a self-help book loaded with clichés. It uses short stories to bring the success principles to life, engaging imagery. I have dedicated my life to inspiring, explaining my twelve action steps to achieve the success you truly desire to, and bringing hope to as many people as possible.

Baumann presents in Cincinnati

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Hi John – I have been meaning to send you a note earlier but as they say – “better late than never”. Thank you for your inspirational talk at the Parkinson’s Recovery Summit. Although I am a believer, the best I may be able to accomplish is – to nip this slow progressing disease in the butt! Your drive (as I determined) is next to none. Congratulations on a well delivered talk. Tom

Parkinsons and D.R.E.A.D. Daily Actions

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Mapping Phase of DECIDE SUCCESS involves three action steps: Assessment, End-Vision and Daily Actions. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinsons, you are well aware of the things you used to be able to do, but no longer can. But there are things you can still do. You need to first re-assess and identify your remaining talents, abilities, strengths and interests. Based upon those attributes, you need to engage in an End-Vision. Actually project yourself into the future and experience what you want to be. Finally, you need to break down what will get you from here to there into daily actions. The D.R.E.A.D. Daily Actions demonstrate the things I need to do every day to live life to the fullest with Parkinsons. My End-Vision is to be the slowest progressing Person with Parkinsons in the annals of medical history.

Here is what D.R.E.A.D. stands for (and, make no mistake about it, I sometimes, as the name implies, dread doing these things):

D – Diet and Hydration
R – Rest and Relaxation
E – Exercise
A – Attitude
D – Drugs as prescribed

Indiana Announces Baumann at Symposium

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

2012 Parkinson’s Symposium
The Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana is proud to announce that the 2012 Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 1pm. Registration and Open House begin at 12pm. Please save the date on your calendar for this wonderfully educational event. Our speakers this year will be John Baumann, Attorney, Motivational speaker and Proud Person with Parkinsons, Joel Herskowitz, M.D. & Roya Saya, Ph.D., CCC-SLP who wrote “Swallowing Safely” and Aaron Batt, Assistant Federal Security Director of the TSA. We will also have an exercise break with “Dance for PD” followed by a question and answer panel. Light snack to be provided.

Cost: $20 per person with “Swallow Safely” book.
$15 per person without book.
** If you pay your PAACI dues, you get $5 off the registration fee for up to 4 people in your family.

Location: Indy West Conference Center, 400 N. High School Rd., Indpls., IN

Contact Sheri for more information at or 317-255-1993.

Unique Bio

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Twelve Action Steps to Achieve the Success You Truly Desire

DECIDE SUCCESS as a Student:
Bachelor Business Administration
Summa Cum Laude University of Massachusetts
Juris Doctorate Cornell Law School Ithaca New York
Passed State Bar Exams Texas Louisiana New Jersey

DECIDE SUCCESS as an Attorney:
Exxon Trial Attorney Houston Texas
Exxon Oil Gas Attorney New Orleans Louisiana
Exxon Labor Employment Attorney Bayway New Jersey
Tosco Assistant General Counsel Bayway Refinery New Jersey
Steel Technologies General Counsel Secretary Louisville Kentucky

DECIDE SUCCESS as an Athlete:
Golf low round 82 Paiute Course Las Vegas Nevada
Tennis Lake Forest Club Champion Louisville Kentucky
Soccer Mockingbird Valley Champions Louisville Kentucky
Softball State Championship Team Shortstop Houston Texas

DECIDE SUCCESS as a Faculty Member:
Faculty Favorite Finalist University Louisville
Most Inspiring Professor Award University Louisville

DECIDE SUCCESS as an Inspirational Speaker & Author:
Member National Speakers Association
Speaker Sunflower Revolution Cincinnati Ohio
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Alaskan Cruise
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Houston Texas
Speaker Building Materials Association Kentucky
Book Roadmap to Success with Chopra Blanchard
CD Reclaiming Posi-spective The Inspiring Esquire
Speaker Parkinsons Recovery Event Cincinnati Ohio
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Louisville Kentucky
Legal Commentator CNN Headline News Prime Time
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Burlington Vermont
Lecturer Pritikin Longevity Center Spa Miami Florida
Speaker Healthcare Leadership Conference Kentucky
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Indiana Pacers Event
Speaker Parkinsons Symposium Birmingham Alabama
Speaker Healthcare Underwriters Association Kentucky
National Internet Talk Show Host The Inspiring Esquire
Speaker Association Rehabilitation Saskatchewan Canada
Guest WAVE-TV Sunday Sunrise Show Louisville Kentucky
Book DECIDE SUCCESS (12 Action Steps) You Ain’t Dead Yet

DECIDE SUCCESS with Parkinsons:
Parkinsons Proud since 2002
Inspirational Speaker The Inspiring Esquire
Chair Make-A-Wish Kentucky Board Directors
Nominated Parkinsons Superstar Dr. Irene Litvan
Clinical Trial Advocate Parkinsons Disease Foundation
Member Parkinsons Support Center Kentuckiana Board
Author DECIDE SUCCESS (12 Action Steps) You Ain’t Dead Yet


Parkinson Recovery Interview

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Parkinsons Recovery Interview

Parkinsons Recovery Interview

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Parkinson’s Recovery Interview Comment

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Hello John,
My husband who also has had Parkinson’s for about eleven years, just finished listening
to you talk on line. I could not hear everything you said real well. I heard you well enough that
I went straight to Amazon and ordered your book. I THOUGHT I heard you say you would be
speaking in Arizona. Now I may be wrong but that is what I want to check on. If you are I
am sure we can get to where ever you will be, in fact we can be sure our entire Parkinson Support
group from here in Prescott will also come to hear you. Please let me know. You most certainly
are an inspiration.
Thank you

Pacers Game

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Dear Friends of Rock Steady Boxing,

Thank you for supporting RSB by purchasing tickets to the Indiana Pacers Nonprofit Spotlight Game (Pacers v. Milwaukee) to be played on Thursday, April 19th! As our special thanks to you, ticketholders will be treated to a free pre-game “Hope Through Research” reception with refreshments, honoring people with Parkinson’s involved in clinical research studies.

Dr. Stephanie Combs, assistant professor at the Krannert School of Physical Therapy (University of Indianapolis), and Dr. Elizabeth Zauber, neurologist with the IU School of Medicine and RSB Board Member, will discuss current and past research studies involving people with Parkinson’s disease.

John Baumann, inspirational speaker and author of “Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet”, will emcee the reception.

“Hope Through Research” pre-game reception

Banker’s Life Fieldhouse

Pacers Square


No RSVP necessary

See you there!

Jessica Fithen, Administrative Manager
Rock Steady Boxing
5026 E. 62nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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