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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.

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

Baumann Quote in Louisville Courier-Journal on Parkinson’s Cure in the Nose?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

John Baumann, a 51-year-old Shelby County man diagnosed with it a decade ago, said he finds the research “interesting and coincidental” because his sense of smell was the first thing to go when he began developing Parkinson’s. Loss of smell is considered an early warning sign.
“Anything that could lead to a cure is wonderful news,” said the lawyer, author and inspirational speaker. “Stem cells have always scared me, since there’s so much opportunity for something to go wrong. But when it’s done in a moralistic and disease-related way, I’m all for it.”

Decide Success – Attitude

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Decide Success: Attitude

Awesome Presentation

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Life-Changing Event

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

DECIDE SUCCESS helps real people deal with life-changing events and provides 12 Action Steps for them to Live Life to the Fullest. For me, it was Parkinson’s Disease at the ripe young age of 41. For others, it may be another disease, an injury, loss of a job, lose of a loved one, etc.

DECIDE SUCCESS is just as applicable to a student, someone starting out in the workforce or even someone taking up a new sport or hobby.

I am happy to announce that the Kindle version is now available at Amazon and you can still purchase the book at or through

I will be signing books and making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to stop by if you are in the area.

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.

Inspirational Speech on Positively Living with Parkinsons

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Would love to speak to your group also.

John Baumann, Attorney
Proud Person with Parkinsons

Houston Area Parkinson Society
Annual Educational Symposium
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Houston Area Parkinson Society invites you to attend its 2011 Annual Educational Symposium, “Moving Forward with Parkinson’s: living until a cure is found.” This year’s event will review recent advances in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and offer helpful, practical information for managing the challenges of living with PD.

Keynote Speaker
John Baumann

An inspirational talk providing insights as to why many care receivers and their families have a difficult time adjusting to life-changing illness, the power of having a positive attitude and the damaging effect of negativity.

8:30 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Biomarkers and Genetics
10:00 Break
10:15 Morning Breakout Session
11:15 Break
11:30 Lunch with Keynote Speaker
12:30 Break
12:45 Nutrition
2:15 Break
2:30 Afternoon Breakout Session
3:30 Adjourn


Full Audience Sessions
Biomarkers and Genetics
Dr. Joseph Jankovic and Sohini Chowdhury

This two part session on Parkinson’s disease research will focus on recent advances in biomarkers and
genetics. Part one will focus on defining biomarkers and explaining their utility in drug development. Part two will focus on the important role genetic factors play in the pathogenesis of PD and guidelines on how to interpret various genetic tests.

Morning Breakout Sessions
Deep Brain Stimulation
Dr. Richard K. Simpson and Dr. Mya C. Schiess

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as an effective form of treatment for some people with
Parkinson’s disease. This session will provide a review of current research on DBS and discuss details of the surgical procedure. Learn how DBS works, who makes a good surgical candidate, which symptoms benefit and for how long, what outcomes to realistically expect and what recent scientific studies reveal about DBS versus best medical management including, benefits and risks.

When you think exercise—think BIG
Betty MacNeill, PT, DPT

There’s no question that everyone needs to exercise, but the added challenge for individuals with Parkinson’s
disease is to decide how much and what kind. Research in this area is on the rise and new guidelines and exercise strategies are emerging. Although many details are still missing, the bottom line is that exercise involving novel movements and physical challenges lead to more benefits in the long run. This session will explore some of these new approaches and provide practice experience for learning
movements associated with the LSVT-BIG® exercise protocol.

Bridging the communication divide: strategies
and treatment options
Terri Haight, MA, CCC-SLP

Studies show 50%-89% of those with Parkinson’s disease experience speech and voice disorders, but only a small percentage receive treatment. This course will discuss low-tech strategies and speech treatment options to improve both communication effectiveness and the communication environment. This session will provide an overview of the components of LSVT®, the gold standard of voice treatment for individuals with PD.

Jackie Nielsen, MS, RD, CDE
This session will highlight nutrition-related concerns and tips to improve quality of life. Learn how Parkinson’s affects the GI tract, how medications effect nutrition and health, and which supplements may or may not help.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Sleep well, live well. Understanding the
connection between sleep and PD
Dr. Mya C. Schiess.

Sleep related problems are common in Parkinson’s disease and if untreated, can make living with PD more
difficult. This session will include discussion of good sleep habits along with sleep problems commonly
associated with PD including insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, periodic limb movement disorder,
restless leg syndrome, dream enactment or REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep apnea, as well as effective therapies to maintain a healthy sleep cycle.

Love and other drugs in PD: what you need
to know but can’t learn from the movies
Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed

This session will review medications commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease, discuss treatment goals and approaches, and will provide pointers on effective communication with physicians regarding medication issues. Get the latest information on long acting dopamine agonists; the widely reported Sinemet shortage and Stalevo warnings; and what patients should know about benefits and potential side effects of PD drugs.

Viewing your health through your eyes
Dr. Rosa Tang

Learn about common and special eye problems related to Parkinson’s disease and available treatment options. This session will include information on blurred and double vision, dry eyes, eye movement, visuo-spacial orientation and more. Find out how these issues are different from age-related eye changes, how to
appropriately communicate vision changes and how to seek specialized care for PD specific eye disorders.


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.