Vincent, I wanted to personally thank you for your
outstanding Keynote Address during the Pacific Coast
Gas Association Event…I was exceptionally pleased with
your efforts to customize your address to the needs of
our audience by way of your telephone interviews with
several of the attendees…Your singularly distinctive
efforts brought great credit upon yourself and the
Pacific Coast Gas Association.
Michael P. McGrath, Director, Market
& Regulatory Affairs, Intermountain Gas Company
Kituku: I want to thank you so much for the “How To
Speak and Get Paid” seminar the last three days. I
came away realizing that I have a signature story and
that it needs to be told… now I know, thanks to you
and the other attendees, that my story has
significance, and that when I tell it, it will have
the possibility of changing lives and giving hope…
Advocates Against Family Violence, Inc.
It was dreams of
a better future that provided the comfort we needed to
endure life of material emptiness at Tala Boys High
School. Those dreams and the depth of poverty related
miseries invaded my mind as I prepared to speak at my high
school last month (25th of January 2011).
Dr. Kituku (center with
bright tie) poses for a photo with
Tala Boys High School on the 25th Jan. 2011.
I had flown first
class with my frequent flyer miles to Kenya from USA. I
was driven from Nairobi to Tala in a large, comfortable
SUV. I arrived at my former high school to stand on the
grounds where we had bathed once a week and got by without
the luxury of deodorant. The cost of a bucket of water was
less than one U.S. penny. Using that money for a bath
could mean going without cooking charcoal or an onion to
improve the taste of maize mixed with beans—the main
meal of the day. Days after this visit I cried from the
weight of realizing how blessed I have been since leaving
this place and thankful for the life lasting lessons we
Tala was a day school which meant that students who came
from distant areas had to live in nearby apartments their
parents had to rent for them. I shared a one room
apartment with three or four other students. In this room
we could fit only two small beds while leaving some room
for a cooking area. Whatever we considered as personal
belongings were tucked under the beds.
Nothing attacks and bites like blood-sucking bedbugs that
had been denied a meal for awhile. Our safari beds, made
of metal bars and wire, served as prime bedbug territory.
Sometimes we began our school year with bedbug eradication
activities in which we took the bed frames outside and lit
a fire beneath them.
One advantage of living next to the school was the
opportunity to study in our classrooms until 10:00 p.m.
Father Hiran, our headmaster, knew that many students
couldn’t afford the lamps and paraffin needed to study at
night. Because Tala is dominated by clay soil which
impairs drainage, the risk of stepping in large puddles of
water as we walked back to our apartments in the dark was
high. Going back and forth from school to the apartment
during rainy season was a balancing act. Should you miss
stepping on some randomly placed rocks that were scattered
here and there, you would have wet, muddy feet and track
it into the classroom or your apartment.
It was not unusual
to run out of food, especially a few days before the
school term ended. Creativity was essential. Some of
us carried spoons in our pockets in anticipation of
being invited to share whatever was available as we
visited other apartments during dinnertime. We were
aware that no apartment had extra spoons for
unexpected guests. We also knew that we Africans are
blessed with the desire of sharing whatever we have,
even if what we have is nothing - we share that
That is where our dreams of owning cars started - looking
to a future without wet, muddy feet—A time when we could
take a bath anytime and with no need to carry a spoon in
one’s pocket. Our expectations were nursed by pride,
determination, self awareness and a caring spirit. We
called our school Ukambani University (Ukambani is the
location for the Akamba people of Kenya). We were
determined to beat other schools in academics and
extracurricular activities knowing that hard work always
outperform under-utilized talents. It never occurred to us
that we were victims of circumstances. After all, being in
Tala Boys High School was a steppingstone to a better
future. We were not victims, but rather victors.
At Tala, we learned to care about others. As a student, I
devoted my time and energy to serving the needy. I taught
adult literacy classes. I travelled and collected funds to
help poor students, a background that would later be
extended when I founded Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope,
Inc. (CHHH), a non-profit organization that helps provide
tuition and fees to Kenyan orphans, children of widows and
those from destitute families.
As I spoke at my former high school, in the audience, was
one of the students sponsored. I realized Tala High did
not only prepare us to pass Mathematics and English but
also prepared us to live a life of fulfillment.
It pays to have something to live up to even when
prevailing circumstances are overwhelming.
of us don’t recognize opportunity
until we see it working for a competitor.
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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
- Gerald R. Ford. U.S. President.
Are your speeches and
presentations clear and concise?
YESNO Can you give speeches
YESNO Are you nervous, forget what
you planned and are terrified by
YESNO Can you think and speak on your feet?
YESNO Can you inspire and captivate any audience?
YESNO Do you know your signature story and how to tell it to
YESNO Do your presentations have energy and impact to make
YESNO Are you able to influence people and negotiate/persuade effectively?
YESNO Are you effective in one-on-one communication situations?
YESNO Do you know how to declare your presence to any audience?
YESNO Are you aware of proven strategies to market your products/services?
YESNO Can you use PowerPoint without boring your audiences?
YESNO Have you thought of writing a book that you know is needed?
YESNO Do you know how to get millions of people to use your products/services?
YESNO Do you want to have fun speaking on what matters to you
and get paid for it?
answer to questions 3,
15 is YES, this seminar is
If your answer to 4
or more of the other
questions is NO, register right away.
to inspire and wow audiences with your authenticity and speaking
to prepare and speak with confidence
Value-adding body language, gestures, voice, movement and facial
strategies to establish a rapport with any audience
Ability to develop compelling content
use storytelling, props, and humor to your advantage
In-depth knowledge of the drill, fill and bill approach
Development of a professional image that demands respect
comes not from the spectacular or the technical. Advantage
comes from the persistent seeking of the mundane edge.
Passion for Excellence
One of my favorite metaphors is about the legendary
coach, Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers. His
team had lost a game the previous day and they were at
their first meeting to review what went wrong and
prepare for the next opponents. Vince stood in front
of the room and informed the team that they didn’t
protect the ball, catch it or block. Then he said, "We
need to go back to basics." At that point, he lifted a
ball and said, "Team, this is a football."
To move forward in life, you have to look back and take an
inventory of what you think, feel or know didn’t work.
Then get back to the basics that can move you, from the
situation you must leave, to your desired future.
My work with thousands of people in businesses (public and
private), football teams, homes and churches has led me to
know 5 attributes of life that make people move forward
any time of the year.
People who find fulfillment in life are those who know their purpose--why
God put them where they are. The goals they set are aligned with the big
picture of the life they envision. Their efforts are focused on what matters
the most. They devote resources and energy in simplifying their lives.
Leaving past hurts, anger, and the motive for revenge is a consciously
developed characteristic of people who have a purpose to live for. They know
that regardless of how their past has been, their future is still stainless.
They resolve to use the past as a stepping-stone not a stumbling block. They
refuse to let the past hold them captive or rather they are determined not
to let their past be an obstacle between them and their future.
Purpose-focused people are the chief executive officers of their own
lives—not their parents, teachers, bosses or peers. They dance to their own
drumbeat of life. They don’t blame anyone else for their situation. They are
in-charge of their faith, health, relationships, financial independence,
professional and personal development.
Relationships are the pipes that breathe new life into a person with a
purpose. A personal relationship with his/her Creator is an experience words
can’t describe. An experience church or religion can only help grow but
can’t give. That relationship with God is the basis of their relationships
at home and in the community. They know their relationship with God will
affect their relationship with other people and vise versa.
Failure, broken dreams or relationships and other adversities make
purpose-focused people stronger. It’s devastating to lose a loved one. It
hurts to be rejected. Being considered a failure is a disappointment many
can live with. Yet purpose-focused people have learned to cry, accept their
vulnerability and to not make things they cannot control personal. After
reflecting on their circumstances, they find comfort and courage from
relying on their God and taking action instead of languishing in self-pity.
Remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every
industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal
reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or
calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects
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
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
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.
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