Issue Number: Volume VIIII No. 3 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: March 2010.  © 2010—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.


A few years ago, I brought to your attention the story of the now late Kimani Nga’ang’a Murage, a Kenyan who at 82 enrolled as a first grader soon after the Kenya government made elementary education free. The thirst for education, professional and personal growth in Kenya is astonishing and inspirational.

Now, Mr. Rufinus Arap Taa is a freshman in high school at 75. Click here to read story.

What you will not read or hear from the media is the unequaled desire, commitment and sacrifice professionals invest in pursuit for education, professional and personal growth.

In my recent visit, I was privileged to visit and speak to all four Toastmasters’ clubs (open to anyone who wants to better his/her public speaking skills-- What I observed and experienced is beyond description even though I have been an active member and financial sponsor of new members for almost two decades and I have visited over 100 Toastmasters’ clubs.

Here is the evidence:

  1. A normal weekly meeting attended by more than 50 individuals

  2. All attendees staying in a meeting until the end

  3. Guests paying to attend a meeting (in some places, guests have to be given incentives or members “treated” in order to invite guests)

  4. Consistency among all clubs in Nairobi

  5. Detailed evaluations

  6. Speaker’s being recommended to repeat their speeches to improve

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Dr. Kituku giving his first speech to members of Smart Speak Toastmasters Club, Nairobi, Kenya

What happened during my seminar on How to Speak and Get Paid was moving. The seminar was scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m. on the second day but only one participant had left by 6:00 p.m. and the reason was to pick up her child. The seriousness of their desire to learn was evident from the depth of questions they asked and the ferocious taking of notes. For a week and a half after the seminar, I was either conducting face to face or phone consultations daily.

Anthony Gitonga, author and one of Kenya’s amazing speakers, booked not only for consulting time when he learned I was to be there but also invited and made arrangements for me to spend a night at his home, even though we had never met or known of each other.

It has been said that “The road to success is always under construction.” To grow and remain relevant in what you do and/or as a person, you have to continue “constructing” your professional and personal dreams.

Associate with people who have done better than you. Tell them your dreams, what you want to achieve, why you think it’s important and what you consider your obstacles. Warning - don’t consider your current lack of money or certificate on the wall as obstacles.

Set goals that you can articulate. They should be attainable but present challenges that will motivate you and provide you with the thrill of achievement. Know when you want to accomplish your goals and the parameters you will use to know you have achieved them. Something to think about: Going to work without knowing what you want to achieve lowers your ability to reach new heights of motivation, productivity and professional personal/growth.

Refrain from dwelling on your past failures and limitations and use them as points of reference only. You are more likely to succeed by focusing and working on the future you envision than by looking back to experiences that bring sorrow to you. You know for sure that you can’t change your past but you can do something about your future.

Learn to love learning. Invest in programs and materials that add to your knowledge base of things that matter to you. This world belongs to the learned and that has nothing to do with race, tribe, religion or any other narrow category that relegates (or used to relegate) masses to pathetic conditions of living.

Help others succeed in their own endeavors. If there is one thing in life that is achievable by anyone and in its fulfillment changes lives and the world, it is investing ourselves in the service of others regardless of whether we are monetary rewarded or not. Again, “What you do for yourself can get you by. What you do for others is what will get you ahead; whether in your profession, spiritual pursuits or relationships.”

Know what you can control and what you can’t. Never waste your brain, a minute of your time or a dime on anything beyond your control. We only change the world by being involved in what we can control.

There are three aspects that are very important for your professional/personal growth. Your faith, your ability to communicate (join Toastmasters) and the relationships you build.

Dr. Kituku presenting membership dues to Gray Kimaro, president,
Smart Speak Toastmasters Club, Nairobi, Kenya of for eight new toastmasters he (Dr. Kituku) sponsored.

Editor’s note: Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku is one of the most sought after business and conference motivational speakers. He has risen to prominence by delivering an authentic, informative, captivating and high-energy message that tells people how to “spear social buffaloes” and live up to their greatness. It is a message Dr. Kituku, a native of Kenya, Africa, has learned from his own life and now helps others apply to their lives. Vincent offers individuals and organizations the “spears” of overcoming and thriving beyond their “buffaloes.”

Be inspired and equipped to think and act as owners
Learn how to re-discover their talents and gifts
Take home 12 lessons on how to be the CEO of all they do
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Dr. Kituku,
… over the years in the automobile business, I have been given the opportunity to hear many excellent speakers. But very few, if any, have touched my heart and stimulated my brain as much as you did…you are a special person Vincent and I encourage you to share your teaching with others…

Bill Dee, Owner, Dee’s Dealership, Anaconda, Montana
…I can honestly say that I don't think I would be where I am today without you and all your help, support and guidance. I am forever grateful for having you in my life…

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, Camacho Mendoza Coulter Law Group, PLLC
Dear Dr. Kituku,
Words fail me in trying to express the benefits of the seminar you held for us last week at Fairview Hotel. I am still reeling from the effects of it and reading the notes you gave us. This seminar had very special meaning for me as I had just made a decision to go into motivational speaking as a business after getting retrenched late last year. Your stories were inspirational and helped me settle the decision to follow this path in my mind. The ‘Business of Speaking’ session really opened my eyes and I know for a fact that it was worth every penny I paid.

Jackie Wanja, Speaker, Author and Consultant

(Lt to rt): Jackie Wanja, Mary Owino, Caroline Mutua and Onesmus Njuki during
the How to Speak and Get Paid Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya


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In 1997, I made a promise to myself -- That I will never give an aspiring or established speaker the answer to their question with any reservation. I believe possession of the right knowledge in any endeavor one pursues is as critical as his/her passion, skills and endurance. My goal is for aspiring and established speakers to be equipped with practical tools that they need, within the shortest possible time, to change lives and help organizations and be REWARDED accordingly.

As most of you know, I have probably trained or coached more aspiring speakers in this region than anyone else. My concern, however, has been how to make sure that each aspiring or established speaker has resources for continuous growth; opportunity to learn what is working and what is not, network with other speakers and more importantly meet and showcase their expertise to those who hire speakers.

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Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku (seated in center) with attendees of
How to Speak and
Get Paid Seminar
Nairobi, Kenyan


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You are not here as a third class citizen of the world. You deserve everything good that life has to offer. The good thing about becoming a first class citizen and accepting the best is that you are the only one to liberate your mind and spirit from thinking you don’t deserve the best.

In a recent visit to Kenya, I invited Uumweu, a taxi driver I had hired for lunch in a modest restaurant in Nairobi. Uumweu’s first statement after we were given the menu was, “Vaa ti va class kyakwa:” this is not for my class. I reminded him that I was the one paying for the lunch but he insisted that he didn’t deserve a meal costing the listed prices. I tried to persuade him to not think of himself as belonging to a lower class, with no success. I had to give him $3 to go eat elsewhere because he felt he didn’t deserve a lunch costing $8.

Most people have experienced the same feelings as Uumweu. The only difference is that some do just like he did while others permit themselves to taste the best of what life offers. His reaction reminded me of my feelings when I received an email that I would be picked up from the Dallas airport by a limousine and given a flight in my first chartered plane. When you have lived a life of deprivation, it can be hard to change from that mind set.

What happened with my next Kenya driver, Simon, confirmed that until we believe we deserve the best, the best won’t come. Simon is a fourth grade drop out. One of eight children of his father’s second wife, he left school because his family could not pay the tuition. His first job was selling assorted items (handkerchiefs, towels, etc) to motorists in Nairobi heavy traffic areas. He then sold phone cards and invested his earnings to learn to drive. Within three years of receiving his driving license, Simon owned the vehicle he drove me in.

My question to him was, “How is it that someone who left school in the fourth grade now owns his own taxi?” His response was, “I wanted the kind of life I saw motorists enjoying when I was a hawker.”

When you believe you deserve the best in life, you increase your chances of working hard to achieve it. When you think you don’t deserve the best, you limit your chances of ever experiencing the best in life.


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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