Issue Number: Volume VIII No. 1 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: January 2009.  © 2009—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.
“Advantage comes not from the spectacular or the technical. Advantage comes from the persistent seeking of the mundane edge.”
Passion for Excellence

Forget New Year’s resolutions. Design a lifestyle you can sustain beyond March, when over 95% of all New Year’s resolutions have long been abandoned. A lifestyle you can sustain for the rest of your life, with the same enthusiasm, if not more passion, that you had at the beginning of the New Year.
While driving home from a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, with my friend Dwayne Speegle, Vice President of the Leavitt Group (Insurance Company), we discussed the importance of being involved in physical activities that one can participate in way beyond retirement age. Dwayne is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Be it biking, backpacking, hiking or allowing himself to be punished by the grueling Robie Creek Race, the toughest ½ marathon in the Northwest, Dwayne is there.

That thought of lifetime activities was the seed of what I have encouraged thousands of people in my seminars to do—never to limit their thoughts, plans and actions to what they feel like doing in the beginning of the year, but to extend the thoughts, plans and actions into lifetime involvement.

A few questions can get you started in creating the future you hope, plan and pray to have. Do you like what you are doing currently? Are you satisfied with your personal and/or professional relationships? Are you involved in activities that bring you intangible rewards?
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What are you doing for your physical fitness, spiritual growth and financial independence? What have you done to adjust your attitude to that of knowing and seeing yourself as the CEO of all you do? What are your plans for developing your mental fitness by reading, attending workshops and having quiet time to think/reflection on a consistent basis?

Aristotle’s wisdom teaches us that to be excellent in what we do, we must make our actions a habit but not a one time act.

After working with people who are both fulfilled (making a difference in this world) and successful (have material rewards), I realized that resolutions were not part of their personal or professional plans. They have a way of making decisions, believing in those decisions and acting on them for the rest of their lives in one way or the other. Decisions, belief systems and actions become habitual for those who want to excel in their life endeavors.

You must empower yourself to be the CEO of all your decisions, plans and actions. You don’t blame others for anything you can control, starting with your attitude, being accountable for your actions and doing your best in anything you commit to do.
You must believe in achieving what you never accomplished and do what you have never done in the past to have what you have never had.
To reach new heights of personal and professional growth, you have to set the bar higher than your previous mark, prepare your mind for the new life you envision, and act either in new ways or by pushing your efforts harder than before, or in a combination of both.
Develop new relationships and downsize those that impede your personal and professional growth. The relationships you develop will largely influence the lifestyle you design for yourself.
You must resolve to make past disappointments and failures points of references but not stumbling blocks that are between you and the best future you can possibly have. The past is un-adjustable, but the future is adjustable—adjust it to fit the lifestyle of your choice.
Re-define what success means to you but have a firm understanding that fulfillment is achievable on a consistent basis, requires minimum efforts and doesn’t have the subjective measurements we have for success. Plan to volunteer in community programs that matter to you.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.” Strive to reach new heights of mental power, the launching platform for great idea and actions. A single book or a statement made at a workshop or class can change the course of your life forever. Invest in your mental growth.
Learn to use your non-talent attributes all the time. You don’t need talent to love life, do your best and contribute to other people’s successes.
Never underestimate what hope and faith can do in whatever paths of life you choose to follow.
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The program is:

Success: How to Become More Than a Dreamer

Topics covered include:

1. The art of making the right choices
2. Actions that make failing a non-option
3. Why poverty is not a disease
4. How to stay away from drugs
5. What associates will do to build you up or bring you down
6. The vision and goals that serve as your roadmap and how into
    turn them to reality
7. Work ethics that will get you job and keep you employed
8. How to take advantage of opportunities
9. What America means to me—Closing thought

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Learning how to set yourself apart at work and in life
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Bouncing back after setbacks
Moving forward without leaving your life behind
If so, Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life is for you and your organization. Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life provides practical tools to help individuals, corporations, public and nonprofit organizations, teams and families increase productivity, provide exceptional customer service, and stay motivated and focused. The fresh ideas in this book will take you to new heights of work experiences without leaving your life behind.

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Dear Vincent,…Thank you so much…"Overcoming Buffaloes" has had a huge impact on my life, I loved reading about your experiences. The book helped me adjust my perspective and to be grateful for the life I've been given.

Nancy Pattison, Eugene, OR

Vincent:... as I was going through my email I came across your latest "Overcoming Buffaloes" newsletter and I took time to read it. As I read the story of the hair in the chicken dinner, I remembered the positive way I felt when I first heard that story in your presentation…I feel a little stronger…as I reflect on the relatively trivial inconveniences and realize that I may be overlooking the blessings that might be hidden within…”

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Manager, Center for Business and Management Technology

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Chapter 20 of the Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life is devoted to helping you learn how to be a positive outlier, a character, not from the average, that influences the outcome of a situation.

Here is the story:

The first outlier I witnessed was my father. This was before I was a graduate teaching assistant of statistics at the University of Wyoming, where I had in-depth lessons on how a single character or a small part of a large population can create havoc in studies.

Dad demanded the best of my brother and me. When he knew we would be late arriving at school in the morning, he went to the school office and asked the teacher on duty to cane us. If we were not among the top students, he did the spanking himself. For the record, he spanked me when I placed 6th in a class of 120 students.

He never bought us long trousers or shoes until we were admitted in government-aided high schools. His thinking was that such luxuries would distract us from the task at hand, preparing for a better future. He owned and operated a small clothes shop—selling the items we couldn’t wear.

Our home, it seemed, was a test site for young people’s ability to do manual chores. We worked hard, even during some public holidays. Dad believed you couldn’t have the strength to attend the festivities that were part of the holidays on an empty stomach. So you had to earn your keep.

What Dad demanded was different. You must be different to make a difference. My uncle, cousins and my best friends had shoes and long trousers. They worked, but we worked harder. We were, to the best of my knowledge, the only ones spanked for mediocre performance.

Dad was nicknamed Ian Smith, the last colonial ruler of what used to be Northern Rhodesia because of what seemed to be his unreasonable expectations. Without details, I’ll just say that only my brother and I, in that group of uncles, cousins and primary school friends, were admitted at the university after passing exams that terminated the futures of thousands.

Here are key aspects of a positive and effective outlier, if you are to influence people for success in any endeavor in life.

You must be inspired by two passions, love and hate. You must love the future you want to have regardless of what others say and/or do. You must also hate the status quo, mediocrity, and complacence.
You must see things differently and act differently. An outlier can never settle for what the average masses accept.
You must inspire people to focus on their long term goal. My father inspired us by promising to provide watches, suits and even cash if we were admitted at the university. When I achieved Upper Second Honors, he bought a new graduation gown for me. I kept it.
You can never second guess your decisions and actions if your conscience is clear on the socio-economic benefits of your vision.
Learn to move forward as naysayers busy themselves with what they think you can’t achieve.
Keep rejuvenating your enthusiasm by learning new strategies to turn your goals into reality.
Remove bitterness from your heart. The best revenge is to do what your critics said you couldn’t.
Outliers do not sit and hope things will change. They get up and create the change they envision.

When you think of it, George Washington was an outlier and so were characters such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Galileo, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc and Nelson Mandela.

Are you a positive outlier? When an outlier is removed from a set of data, its influence is gone. In your sphere of life or work, can your absence be noticeable? Would people wish you were still available to affect their work or life in a positive way? You don’t need talent to be an outlier. You need vision of the future you want, decisions to get you started on a path toward your vision, and actions that bring you results.

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February 5th, 2009   8:30 am - 1:30pm
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Employee motivation is crucial for any organization’s bottom line, especially in these chaotic times. Increased productivity, exceptional customer service, team spirit and talent retention are among the benefits that businesses derive from motivated employees. However, the cloud of job uncertainty, having to do more with less and the anxiety of juggling work and personal life are issues that employees have to deal with constantly.

Here is a sample of some topics of this hands-on presentation:
5 proven things to do to become the leader employees want to emulate
The key must-know factors, beyond leaders control, that affect
employees’ attitudes
Inspiring productivity with stories/metaphors and props
What employees focus on in times of change and what you want them to focus on
Top 13 negative practices that demoralize workers, reduce productivity and expectations
9 must-know tips for inspiring employees to increase productivity in any economy

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There are only 9 must-have skills that make people want to listen to you, think about what you say, and then act on what they learned from you! Here are some topics covered in this intensive workshop.
Why and how to turn your fear of public speaking into a rewarding possession
How to create a platform image that captivates audiences all the time
Top must-know steps on how to make each of your presentations memorable
Proven ways to motivate your audience to want to listen, learn and act
How to gather information and tailor it to relate with your audience’s expectations
Organizing your information for maximum audience learning experience
How to use your uniqueness and deliver presentations skillfully
What, why and when to use visual aids and when not to
Must-know tips that will help you avoid presentation pitfalls

Register for only $129 per participant—saving $110!
Only 49 participants will be registered.
For group discounts and scholarships for non-profit employees
please call our office at (208) 376-8724. *


Toll free 1-888-685-1621 to register by phone


Mail a check or money order to:

P.O. Box 7152
Boise, Idaho 83707

You can also use your credit card to register when you call our office.

* Active Toastmasters members, non-profit organization and military personnel
(active or retired), please call our office at (208) 376-8724 for special rates.
There is also a discounted investment for a family of four.

Please DON’T register if you don’t value
(by at least charging $2,500/hr keynote) your speaking.

March 18th, 2009   8:30am- 3:00pm (Wednesday)
March 19th, 2009   9:00am- 3:00pm (Thursday)
At the Waterfront Catering
3250 N Lake Harbor Lane
Boise, ID 83703

Develop the platform image that captivates audiences all the time

Know what makes each of your presentations memorable

Learn to make any audience listen, learn and call you back

Top tips to turn your fear of public speaking into a profitable possession

3 strategies you need to know and relate with any of your audience’s expectations

Learn how to make your information lead to maximum audience learning experience

How to use your uniqueness and deliver presentations skillfully

What, why and when to use tangibles for maximum presentation impact

Getting from unknown to a celebrated and well paid speaker/trainer or consultant

How to charge morally acceptable fees and you don’t feel guilty about it

9 proven ways to market your business with minimum budget for maximum returns

How to create a dominance presence and derive rewards in a competitive market

The Be-MISH strategy that gets you paid for your expertise and speaking skills

The 7 streams of income that keep dollars flowing into your business

Strategies for leveraging your services to add value for clients and increase your fees

How to skyrocket your profits and minimize your costs with every engagement



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You are required to use your free 30-minute consulting with
Dr. Kituku within 90 days after the seminar

Please note: this is not for people who just want to give presentations. This is for individuals who want to inspire, challenge and equip people with tools to reach new heights in their professional, personal and spiritual journeys.

Only a small group of participants is allowed in this life-changing (professional, personal and financial) commitment.

Vincent,…it was truly an experience that will enhance not only my career, but also my life in general , even my marriage. The marketing information you shared with us alone was worth many, many, times the financial investment I made to attend…you are truly an “Angel Along the Path” who is making a tremendous positive difference in my life.

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$495/person BEFORE February 21st 2009*
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Dr. Kituku, I just wanted to contact you to keep you updated on some of the things I have been involved in since I attended the "How To Speak And Get Paid" seminar in May.

I have been the key-note speaker for a college scholarship award program, a seminar speaker for a church conference and an invited speaker at a local church.

In addition, I wanted to let you know that I have taken to heart and put into action the suggestions you provided for starting my speaking business on a shoestring budget. For instance, I have been creating handouts for my speaking engagements and putting my name and contact information on those handouts! As a result I have been asked to be a speaker at a conference in Hawaii next summer!

Thank you Dr. Kituku for showing me the way to success!!

Rich Page


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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