Issue Number: Volume VII No. 8 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: August 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

When you provide exceptional services to all people regardless of their background, you better your life in ways you may never be able to comprehend. To get to this point of providing exceptional services you have to unlearn how you see others, find a common bond and see how their presence enriches your own life, whether professional, personal or spiritual.

On page 47 of Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life book (visit there is a story of a farmer who portrays the perfect example about exceptional services.
A story is told of a farmer who gave the best of his seeds to his neighbors. This seemingly generous farmer provided educational opportunities for all the children in his village as well.

The farmer’s way of life shocked one of his friends. "Why do you give your best seeds to your neighbors?" his bewildered friend asked. Before the farmer could respond, there was another question. "Don’t you know these people are your competitors?"

After thinking about those questions the farmer responded, "They are not competitors. Yes, we sell our garden produce at the same market. But that is not the whole picture. You see, when I give my best seeds to them, I am sure my crops will be cross-pollinated with the best."

The wise farmer had realized that his neighbors were not competitors but people whose presence (and activities) were beneficial to his livelihood.

The people we serve have traveled through similar life paths that have largely shape both our life perspectives, and we also have similar life expectations and fears.
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In the early days of my speaking business, I made it a practice to stay with families whenever I traveled in Idaho. I was (and still I am) always amazed by how human experiences, that I had or knew about in Kangundo, Kenya were so closely related to those of people in any community in Idaho.

This background led to the development of one of the audience participation activities in my presentations that is geared to highlight how people are connected. The activity involves each participant listing the top five human experiences that changed their life, the top five experiences they do not want to go through and then the top five experiences they would like to go through.

The top five experiences, that have been highlighted as the main factors in changing people's life, the way they act, think and perceive life are: marriage, birth of one's child, death (or life threatening illness) of a loved one, divorce, and traveling. These experiences are not limited to any culture, race, gender, religion or social-political groupings. People are more alike than they are unlike.

What participants reveal as their main fears in life include: the death of one's child (this is always the most listed fear), long-term illness, divorce, poverty and loss of jobs. War and natural disasters are also entered while teachers and probation officers list being arrested as an experience they do not want to go through. Great health, happiness, seeing one's child become self-sufficient, traveling and making one's community a better place are listed as experiences audience members want to have. Again, these fears and hopes are the same regardless of physical, social differences or geographical backgrounds.

When you fertilize or poison one,
you affect the others
We are like aspen trees growing in the same location. While it appears that one sees tens or hundreds of trees, they sprout from the same root. When you fertilize one the others benefit and any adverse impact on one aspen tree affects the rest. That is why events like devastating tornados or shootings in schools affect us even though we don't know the victims personally. Great events, like the Boise State Football Team beating Oklahoma, make so many people feel great even those who had never heard of Boise State before the game.

When you serve someone, know that there is at least something you have in common. Your exceptional service, that impacts one person’s life, may be the beginning of your own fulfillment, sense of purpose and untold riches untold.

Your Story Has to:

Motivate people to be creative, focused and manage stress in times of change
Improve customer service
Create effective communication
Balance work and life
Increase personal accountability/ownership
Inspire a consistent positive attitude
Foster teamwork and team spirit
Challenge people to overcome obstacles
Have a relaxed workplace environment
Inspire people to be involved in something bigger than what they do for a paycheck

Editor’s Note:
Since establishing Kituku & Associates in 1995, Dr. Kituku has done research on the challenges and expectations of every group he has worked with, whether the project was a 60-minutes keynote or a two-day leadership development camp. He then uses the data/information to develop and present a customized presentation audiences can relate to and apply in whatever they do to make success a continuous experience
Here is what is covered by your financial investment for a day’s services
Option to have 2 or 3 presentations in one day without extra charges
Need analysis and Interviews
Presentation development
Presentation delivery
100% free professional workbooks
Free follow up opportunity
(90 days with unlimited number of participants-phone consultation, 30min/caller)
Free professional and personal growth articles
Discounted registration rates at seminars offered by Kituku & Associates
The most requested programs include:
1. Overcoming Buffaloes as a Leader:
How to Motivate & Increase Productivity at All Times
2. Buffaloes in the Workplace:
Thriving Change as a Jungle Rod
3. Moving Forward Without Leaving Families Behind
4. Balancing Work and Life
5. Storytelling in the Workplace
6. Living and Working with Cultural Differences

Outstanding Presentations:
What You Need to Know on How to Give Presentations that Make People Listen,
Think and Act—One Day Seminar

Dedicated to helping organizations and individuals make success a
lifestyle and a choice with increased productivity,
leadership, individual ownership, motivation and focus!

Included in this Package:
"5 Must Know Lessons For Being the CEO of All You Do" a 24 page booklet and CD
7 Actions that Make Failing a Non-Option,” a 20 page booklet and CD
"Overcoming Buffaloes" a 112 page hard-cover book
A “Top 45 Must Know Life Lessons for Top Achievers” poster included for free!

Vincent, …Thank you so much for the autographed copies of your new book. I distributed them to my family members during our reunion in Park City, UT last week. My wife has finished reading her copy and has passed it along to her friends as a ‘must Read’.” My employees were excited to read their copies as well. Thank you again Vincent.

Michael P. McGrath, Director
Gas Supply & Regulatory Affairs, Intermountain Gas Company.

Vincent, Thanks for leaving me a signed copy of your book!...God’s timing was perfect (again). I took that book and read it while on a church mission trip in Mexico (building houses in Reynosa)…and it became sort of a daily devotion and it put a lot of things in perspective…

Jim Gilchriest, Executive News Director
KTVB News Group

Hello Vincent,…Loved the book. . . .will be purchasing two more to give away as gifts…

James Murray, AIA, CSHQA

Hi Vincent…I have almost finished reading the book, which so far I have enjoyed and is certainly inline with the changes we striving to make here at Bartercard...,

JUSTINE HAYEK, National Franchising Manager
Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd

Good afternoon Vincent…We would still like to purchase 200 books from you to give to our delegates…

Anna Parfrey, Executive Assistant to Justine Hayek
National Franchising Manager, Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd

Vincent, that is exactly what our organization needs…please sign copies for all our 73 employees.

Brent Kelly, President
Boise Office Equipment


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Let’s get the facts first. Speaking for pay is one of the most financially rewarding careers today. The National Speakers Association (NSA) conducted a membership survey in mid 2007 in which 960 members participated. The process, administered by an independent market research entity was a web-based anonymous survey that used 2006 data. The results are not only reliable but also solid and a great source of inspiration for anyone who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that makes a difference while providing an income at levels millions can’t fathom.
Here are a few key results:

The average full fee for a keynote speech, (can last 15-90 minutes) that NSA members received was a whopping $5,000 when speaking away from home and $3,800 when speaking in their home community.

The average gross income for an NSA member from product sales (books, CDs and videos among others), service sales (coaching, consulting or mentoring) and speaking (keynote, breakout session, full or half day speaking) was $177,000. That for doing something they love. They don’t call it a job or a career. They feel it’s a mission. So they are missionaries who are rewarded greatly.

Over 80% of independent speakers (not hired and not part of regional and/or national corporations) work from home.

What, however, the results don’t indicate is that the incomes shown above could be generated by someone working (actual time spent in-front of individual (coaching or consulting or speaking, training and/or selling) in no more than 100 days of a 365 day year. And for sure rarely in an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. situation since billable full day work is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s the truth. Now ponder this:
What this means is that those in the speaking business who have families, can, if they choose to, create a lifestyle that allows them to be with their families in the morning before children go to school and be home as the children return home. This also gives them the opportunity to be involved in their children’s after-school activities.
A unimaginable sense of fulfillment comes from positively affecting the lives of other people, especially on a continuous basis. Intangible rewards come from helping others. Maybe it’s helping organizations improve their performance in customer service and their bottom-line. Or helping couples overcome their marriage buffaloes (unpredictable challenges similar to occasions when invading water buffaloes disrupted the harmony of African villages without warning, leaving villagers fearful and anxious). Or steering young people away from destructive choices and habits. The reward you gain is far greater than any monetary payment.
Speakers enjoy accelerated professional and personal growth generally unknown to the rest of the world. Research-based speakers, the ones who spend time learning the challenges and expectations of the groups they speak to or train or the individuals they coach, consult or mentor, learn lessons never covered in colleges or in books. In the eleven years I have been a full time speaker, I have been blessed to learn about and work with organizations I had never heard of.

I never knew about American football. I have not only worked with numerous teams, but also enjoyed being selected the Homecoming Grand Marshal of the successful Boise State University Broncos Football for working with the team from 1998 to the present. Like many speakers/writers, I can update my resume every three months.
The question is, would you like a career (sorry, a calling) that provides substantial income without constant sacrifice of the time you need for your family? Would you like to do something that you know is helping improve other’s lives? Would you like to be involved in a lifelong journey that introduces you to new places and opens opportunities to learn of people and their challenges and be inspired by unbelievable human stories of triumph over adversity?

Now you have some inside information of a profession that can be rewarding. Any time you get an opportunity to improve your public speaking skills, take it. That might be the beginning of your life’s fulfilling mission.

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October 7th, 2008   6:30pm- 8:30pm Tuesday
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Boise, ID 83703
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If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.

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Troy McClain, Idaho’s own Apprentice from the first season of the hit TV show, Donald Trump’s The Apprentice as well as a nationally recognized motivational speaker

(Top 2 Idaho motivational/inspirational speakers bringing you tools to reach new heights.)

September 25th, 2008   8:30am- 3:00pm
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To succeed in today's workplace and in your personal life, you need more than goals, smarts or top technological tools. You must be passionate, highly motivated, and focused in every aspect of your organization. The competitive nature of the business world dictates that people must produce results in a fast changing marketplace for them and/or their organization to remain relevant. Individuals and their organization must be proactive in order to focus on measurable performance and eradicate frustration, stress and crisis. Dr. Kituku's and Mr. McClain’s work-life strategies help people bring balance back to their lives. They learn how to develop and leverage a personal vision that not only takes their work performance to new heights but also discover important strategies of creating an extraordinary quality of life.
Here is a sample of some of the key tools that you will learn in this seminar and use immediately in major aspects of your work and life:
The top 5 success factors that most Americans can take advantage of
11 secrets/actions that will make failing a non-option
Beyond Chaos: Keeping home and career under control
23 lessons from Impala, gazelle and lions on how to thrive in your “jungle”
The 7must have ‘Spears to Overcome Buffaloes’ at work and in life
The top assets that will make your skills needed and sought after
How to turn ordinary actions into extraordinary results at work and in life
9 proven ways on how to turn setbacks into opportunities for a better future
How to grow professionally and personally from involvement in your community—with practical tips on how to be involved

All attendees will receive a free workbook ($39 value), 9 Must Know Lessons for Being the CEO of All You Do Book and CD, with strategies for success beyond what is covered in the seminar, a poster of the Top 45 Must Know Life Lessons for Top Achievers (priceless), and refreshments. All attendees will also receive a special Kituku & Associates 10th Anniversary gift at the seminar.


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Speaker: Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku

October 7th, 2008   8:00am- 12:00pm (noon)
Holiday Inn (near Boise Airport)

8:00am - 12:00(noon)

Approved (E0173) by the State of
Idaho Real Estate Commission and Education Council—4-hours

This workshop will provide participants with practical steps on marketing with a zero or shoestring budget.

Topics discussed include:


Key benefits of cultural diversity for business viability and prosperity

How migration changes the way people spend their resources

9 compelling reasons for creating dynamic marketing strategies


9 ways to advertise your business with zero capital and with cultural sensitivity


Top 4 proven strategies to build your business with unlimited referrals
10 marketing tips you can use in any season

Turning ordinary events/activities into extraordinary business returns
Your Investment:
$59 or $79  Early Bird registration AFTER September 25th
$49/participant with Groups of 20 or more BEFORE September 25th
$69/participant with Groups of 20 or more AFTER September 25th

Your investment includes a program workbook and refreshments.


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Cancellation terms:
You can transfer your registration to future courses. You are guaranteed a 100% refund if you cancel your registration 30 days before the day of the course. Administrative fees of $40.00 will be taken from your registration if cancellation occurs between 29 days and two weeks before the course. There is no refund if cancellation occurs within 13 days of the school. If cancellation of the course is initiated by Kituku & associates, there will be 100% refund.

Each participant who has attended and participated in the entire course will receive a certificate that includes student name, course title, delivery method, dates, classroom hours, course approval number, signature of school representative, school name.

“This was a turning point for my professional growth and balance in life.”

“I wish I had heard Dr. Kituku when I was in my 40s.”

“Vincent changed the attitude of our employees. No one is afraid of change anymore.”

“I am glad I came with my teammates. We came back reading from the same page.”

“It’s amazing to discover that I have what I need to succeed.”

“Everything, Focus on 98% of good not 2% of bad.”

“Wonderful speaker - excellent thought processes to get started.”

“Ability to give analogies that help change our way of thinking.”

“All of it was helpful-there was nothing I couldn't use; will be useful in both private and professional life.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the speaker – I listen to him on the radio - wonderfully inspirational; could have listened to him all day.”


Native of Kenya, Africa, and resident of Idaho since 1992, Vincent has been a featured speaker and trainer at numerous Real Estate conferences and training programs. An award winning speaker and writer, he is one of the less than 7% of all professional speakers to earn a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the highest award for professional speakers. Dr. Kituku has worked with championship sports teams and trained leaders on how to inspire productivity all the time. What sets Vincent apart is his ability to weave life experiences in Africa with corporate America and culture in providing solutions for personal and professional growth.

Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku is known as a research-based motivational speaker. He presents motivational keynotes and training programs on leadership, employee motivation, overcoming buffaloes at work (change), customer service and living and working with cultural differences. Vincent is the founder and president of Kituku & Associates, LLC, a business that is dedicated to developing leaders and employees in business and in life.

What has set Dr. Kituku apart is the ability to use his experience in research to evaluate/assess client needs and then tailor his keynotes/training presentation to meet their objectives. Harold G. Delamarter, President/CEO, Prestige Care Inc. said, "Before the Retreat, Dr. Kituku gained as much information as possible about our company and the industry we are involved in. He made telephone calls to management team members to tailor his seminar very closely to the needs of our employees and the circumstances they face each day in the present economy. Dr. Kituku was so widely received in July, the decision was made to ask him to return to again present to our company in October."

Vincent's clients list includes Cisco Systems, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Genworth Financial, US Fish and Wildlife, US Air Force, Women Council of Realtors and National Association of Mental Health. He has been the motivational speaker for the successful Boise State Football Team since 1998. Dr. Kituku works have been featured by numerous publications including the Presentations Magazine, SkyWest Magazine, National Speakers Association Magazine and many newspapers which publish his weekly columns. Vincent holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation that is earned by fewer than 7% of all speakers worldwide.

If results are important to you, then
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