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John M. Baumann JD, BBA, author of DECIDE SUCCESS (Twelve Action Steps): You Ain’t Dead Yet, is an internationally-renowned National Speakers Association inspirational success speaker. The DECIDE SUCCESS principles help real people deal with life-changing events providing Twelve Action Steps for them to live their lives to the fullest. For him, 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, relocation, divorce, issues with children, and even marriage. The DECIDE SUCCESS principles also help students obtain the most from school, those starting out in the workforce succeed and even someone taking up a new sport or hobby do their best.
Be sure to view his 2 minute inspirational video by going to TheInspiringEsquire.com and clicking on the “Look” flap on the top right corner of the opening page. The Kindle version of DECIDE SUCCESS is now available at Amazon.com and the book can be purchased from TheInspiringEsquire.com or through Amazon.com. John will be interviewed on WAVE3 Sunday morning November 27th at 7:30am and signing books after making a presentation at Joseph Beth Bookstore in Lexington on November 30th at 7pm.
John has also contributed to the book Roadmap to Success, which also contains contributions by Dr. Ken Blanchard and Deepak Chopra, has made an appearance as a commentator on CNN HEADLINE NEWS and has hosted an Internet talk show on success (with more than 50,000 monthly listeners). John is also a contributor to the book The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinsons Disease.
As The Inspiring Esquire, John has produced two DVDs (Learn Success Today and Learn Negotiation Today) and a CD (Reclaiming Posi-spective). John is particularly proud of being selected the Most Inspiring Professor by the University of Louisville Scholar - Athlete of the Year and nominated as a 2011 Faculty Favorite. John dedicates his energy and passion to inspiring others and teaching success to audiences around the world. He qualified as a full member of the National Speakers Association his first year of eligibility and is an experienced, yet fresh, speaker with high energy and boundless passion.
John is also a practicing attorney, workshop facilitator and consultant in proactive workplace harassment elimination (ProactivePreventionCulture.com). John also helps employers properly work with employees who become disabled and represents employees whose employers do not (ParkinsonsAttorney.com).
John earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts School of Management. As an attorney, Mr. Baumann 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.
John is also Chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors. John has cherished being caregiver to his daughter (who has flourished despite being born with life threatening birth defects and cerebral palsy) and father to a college-aged son at the University of Kentucky.
Here is what others have said about John Baumann and his book:
John Y. Brown Jr., 55th Governor of Kentucky, former Owner of the Boston Celtics and successful businessman: “John Baumann has used his life as an example and inspiration for others to follow. Decide Success offers wisdom and confidence on how to make the most out of your life and find happiness and fulfillment every step of the way. After you read it, you will say: “What a book! What a life!” Good luck John. You’re a good man and have a great message.”
Amy McNeil, SARC Executive Director: “Your personal stories of growth and optimism struck a deep cord with those in attendance. If motivation was your only goal, you succeeded. However, 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! Your engaging presentation left all conference-goers thinking about how to embrace and savour life. Conference evaluations only confirmed how I felt: ”Wow. Loved John Baumann as keynote speaker!!” “Such a motivated speaker. I will think of him and his life challenges when I am feeling down myself. I know I will not feel that way much longer.” “Wonderful presenter! Touching, funny, inspirational!” “John Baumann was excellent. I didn’t want the presentation to end. What a ‘Grand Finale’!” “Amazing!” Quality presenters are difficult to find, so I hope you don’t object to me recommending you to fellow colleagues."
GJ Hart, Chief Executive Officer of California Pizza Kitchen and former CEO of Texas Roadhouse: “What an amazing book. As John says in the book, “Don’t give yourself a choice. Turn off the doubting Thomas in you. Silence the negative voice in your head” and read this book today. The best thing you can do for your personal and professional development is to read this book. So decide for yourself to succeed and read John’s book.”
Matthew Hamel, Executive Vice-President, Brown-Forman Corporation: “John Baumann has taken on the biggest questions any of us can face (What do I want out of my life? How can I achieve it?) and described twelve specific, concrete steps that will lead each of us to the answers. These answers will, of course, be different for every reader, but John demonstrates that the process by which we arrive at them is not. John’s method requires each of us to be honest with ourselves – even uncomfortably so. This is the hard part, but John leads by example, sharing his own journey with a disarming frankness. As big as the issues are that John urges us to wrestle with, he makes them manageable and even fun with his down-to-earth style. Reading this book, you will get the sense that you are chatting with a wise friend, which makes the challenge he lays down for us seem all the more possible. Read this book with pen in hand; you will want to highlight the many nuggets of wisdom and return to them often as you work John’s method to conquer the world, or at least your corner of it.″
Shahin Shoostari, PhD, Fellow Conference Speaker: "I am just writing to tell you your talk has changed me, ...I came out of your talk a much stronger person...a much stronger caregiver....you are a great speaker John....with your positive attitude, and the great ability which you have to express your feelings, your opinions, and telling people your life story and your daughter, Katie's story, you could CHANGE lives.... I don't know how to express myself about the impact of your story on me John.....I was listening, I remember I cried, I laughed, I felt sad, and then happy....but at the end BEING STRONG, a much stronger person....as you were taking I was reflecting on my own life, on my own challenges....I found myself coming out of that session being a much stronger person....I am writing John, just to thank you for sharing your own story, and telling us how important it is to keep the positive attitude, but also take the time to rest and enjoy our lives and what we have. Your talk was fascinating, inspiring, relevant, practical...I was able to relate to what you were saying, even without having your challenges... I believe your talk would be good for everyone of us, for everybody regardless of the kinds of the problems and issues which we have......Being positive, being strong, enjoying life, helping others... I hope you continue telling people all about your life, and what has helped you to become who you are today.........
Chris Campbell, Senior Vice-President, YUM Brands: “John – I just finished reading your book, and thought it was awesome. It is extremely well written, and filled with practical and useable advice supported by entertaining real life examples. The book is uplifting, energetic, enriching and inspirational. It provides a clear, common sense roadmap to improvement and success on all levels – professional and personal.”
T. Vernon Foster, Director, University of Louisville Business Solutions: “I have been reading your book and I love the vision and passion you convey to your audience. There is much for the reader to learn and digest. The value is understanding the basic rules of engagement and to better one's outcome if they seize on your basic principles. I agree Thank you for sharing your personal journey in life with me.″
Debra Hoffer, President, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana: ″John Baumann's passion for self-realization is contagious. Go ahead. Read this book and be everything you can be.″
Pamela Kell, Parkinsons Creative Collective: “In his book, Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet, John Baumann has written a terrific guide to living deliberately. Intended to inspire people with Parkinson Disease to move forward and forego the temptation to think their life is over, through humor, personal experience and touching revelation he presents a methodology for success in dealing with chronic disease. His common sense analysis of the steps necessary to turn tragedy into opportunity and the methods to implement those steps, applies to anyone who is in need of direction and focus. I wonder how much more successful all our lives would be had we developed these habits as young people? It is good to know there’s still time because ‘We ain’t dead yet!’”
Kathleen Crist, Executive Director, Houston Area Parkinsons Society: John: How do I thank you - let me count the ways .... you came, you thrilled, you brought people to tears, you brought people to laughter, but, most importantly, you inspired. Thank you