Issue Number: Volume VIIII No. 7 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: July 2010.  © 2010óOvercoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

Fearfulness gets serious. There is a story of a preacher who feared being paralyzed. Unfortunately, he had an accident that reduced his ability to move but increased his worries about how miserable his life would be when his affected leg eventually became paralyzed. He started to pinch his thigh, just to monitor his progress.

At a community dinner event, he sat next to a young lady. After a while she noticed tears flowing from the preacherís eyes. She heard him say, ďI knew it would happen.Ē When she inquired about his problem, he said his leg had become paralyzed because he didnít feel any pain when he pinched it.

The young lady told him not to worry. His leg was still fine, because he had been pinching her thigh.

No wonder F.E.A.R has been used as an acronym for ďFalse Evidence Appearing Real!Ē

Here are some outcomes when fear dictates what you do or donít do.

  1. Your enthusiasm, creativity and hope suffer.

  2. You are likely to get or feel ill.

  3. Your eating, physical and social activities are adversely affected.

  4. Your trust in God and friends becomes vulnerable.

  5. Your ability to stay focused on goals decline.

  6. You find making decisions increasingly difficult.

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How can you combat fear? Depend on your faith. Donít base your success on tangible results only. Develop a daily or weekly plan of action (gardening, scripture reading, walking/hiking, volunteering) that you can always accomplish regardless of what else is going on. Talk with family or close friends about your life expectations and concerns. Set achievable goals and connect with new friends.

What not to do. Blame others for your condition. Do nothing. Quit doing your routine activities (attending social and professional meetings, reading, physical activities and serving other people). Quit positive thinking.

Fear is sneaky, but developing strong faith in God and making positive goals and actions a habit will keep fear were it belongsóaway from your life.



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If you were drowning, would you ignore your swimming skills? Would it be necessary to have someone throw you a life preserver? Would it be important for you to swim toward the shores?

Your responses to these questions, most likely were, NO, YES and YES.

But the reality is that organizations, businesses and individuals going through downturns ignore their survival strategies, disassociate with resources they need for quick recovery and lack clarity about where they want to be next.

You may be wondering when your organization or business ignored survival strategies, recovery resources or focus? You may even be thinking, ďNever!Ē

However, if your organization has cut its training budget and/or marketing efforts because of the economic storm, you are ignoring survival skills. Organizations and businesses need skilled and motivated professionals, more so in economic downturns. Thatís why training budgets are necessary.

They need the market to know of their existence and the products and services they offer. Marketing efforts do that.

The goals your organization and business had before getting into scary waters are probably not what will save you. There is need for new focus now that a new set of challenges must to be dealt with.
Re-evaluate the reason you do what you do
Understand why things are not the way they ought to be
Set new expectations based on prevailing realities
Get busy learning and working
Donít lose focus

When you are drowning, you need your swimming skills more than ever.
You need someone to throw to you a life preserver. You need to swim
toward the shore.

If I went back to college again, Iíd 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.

Gerald R. Ford. U.S. President.


How to never let fear of public speaking stop opportunities from coming to you


Tips on speaking in ways all people want to listen to you and act on what you say


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Why and how effective speaking will change
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5 proven ways to create a platform image that captivates audiences
all the time

Top must know steps on how to make each of your presentations memorable

11 must know keys aspect that motivate audiences to want to listen,
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Why and how to turn your fear of public speaking into a rewarding possession

How to gather information and tailor it to relate with your audience 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

9 Must know tips that will help you avoid presentation pitfalls

What stories, humor and props will add to your presentation and how to use them as an expert!

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Letís 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 great source of inspiration for any one who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that makes a difference while providing income in levels millions canít fathom.


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 donít even call it a job or career. They feel itís 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 donít indicate is that the incomes shown above could be generated by someone working (actual time spent in-front of individual (coaching or consulting) or individuals (speaking, training and/or selling)) in no more than 100 days of a 365 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. Thatís the truth.

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 childrenís 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 itís 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 otherís 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 lifeís fulfilling mission.


Millions of people will remember the 2010 Soccer World Cup competition for the annoying buzz of the Vuvuzelas, the French teamís theatrics, some really bad referee calls (especially two against the American and English teams) and the fact that it occurred in Africa. The team that wins the Cup will be not be remembered by the majority of those who are watching, other than players and diehard fans.

What the world doesnít know is the story of many of the African soccer players. Those are more than individual players or teams representing their countries. They represent all boys in the villages or city streets whose soccer balls never bounce. Those boys need no referees, marked playing fields or cheering fans.

They are cheered by nature as they play in fields of unpredictable size and conditions. Some fields are city garbage dumping grounds while others have thorns and, rocks. Footpaths serve as improvised village soccer fields. The games played in these fields have natural break times as players stop to let footpath users pass.

Playing those games leaves permanent marks as expected when you step in those grounds on barefoot. Scars from wounds caused by broken bottles, rocks, discarded nails and other metallic objects, protruding roots or tree stumps are the ďbadges of honorĒ displayed by players for the rest of their lives.

Soccer (football) in my days was the sport for boys. This yearís World Cup has brought back memories of childhood football experiences in Kangundo, Kenya. A plastic or paper stuffed with anything soft such as torn clothes, newspapers or tree leaves and forced into a circular shape was all we needed.

Small rubber balls (Katulyu, as we called those manufactured balls) could be purchased from local shops. A second grade boy with a Katulyu controlled the world. All other boys bowed to him so they could be allowed to play with his ball.

The first time I kicked a real soccer ball rests in my heart with the same presence as the day my mother brought
me my first underwear at age 13 or the day in 1970 when my father bought our familyís first radio. Or the day Dad brought me the first book I owned in 1973 to prepare for the high school entrance exam.

How God performed a miracle one day is still a mystery. Mr. Mwanza, our second grade teacher, announced that we would be playing football during PE (the word soccer had not been invented). He became more important than presidents, bishops or witch doctors to me.

Because of his benevolent act, I started paying attention in class. At the end of the term, I was number 10 in a class of 40 pupils. It was my fourth year in school but I was still in second grade and had never been among the first 39 students at the end of a term.

Over forty years have passed, but that real soccer moment remains. I see Matthew Wambua, Kiio Maingi (who eventually became the best friend I have ever had) and my uncle Munywoki kicking that ball. I see myself kicking that ball and turning my school performance around.

Having the World Cup played in Africa is letting each child who ever kicked a makeshift ball score a goal with a liberated spirit and hope for a better tomorrow.


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.

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