My children’s reaction bewildered me. Here I was with two bags full of goodies and they were shocked to see me bring them home. Is that not what a caring daddy should do?
After years of involvement with the successful Boise State University football team as its motivational speaker, I was selected as the 2003 Homecoming Grand Marshal. When I arrived where the parade
was starting I was given, with no instructions, two bags with lots of candies, mugs, towels and all kinds of things with BSU logos. Someone handed me a small flag and told me to wave it to the crowds lining the downtown route of the Homecoming procession.
The first official duty as the Grand Marshal was to judge floats and stands. I was then taken to a waiting convertible car that had magnetic posters on both sides with the inscription — Boise State: Grand Marshal: Dr. Vincent Kituku. After I sat on an elevated seat, the procession started. I waved the flag but the crowds never got anything from my two bags. I carried those bags to a later event where I gave a brief presentation to a gathering of BSU professors, coaches, students, parents and alumni. And then I took my bounty home.

For years I lived with shame after my children told me that I was supposed to throw the goodies in the bags to the children standing along the parade route. My comfort came from the knowledge that in Kangundo, Kenya, we didn’t have such festivities.

The sad story is that millions of people are created with tremendous talents, have great gifts and/or are blessed with material resources that they keep to themselves. Those people never experience the joy, fulfillment and sense of self-worth that are only experienced through sharing what we have with others.
When is the last time you visited or called someone who needed comfort? When was the last time you volunteered in a humanitarian program? When was the last time you coached someone who couldn’t compensate you for your time or young people as they prepared for a bright future? When was the last time you donated to help alleviate someone else’s pain or hopelessness?

If you are not involved in helping other people, you are carrying more than two bags. There is no moment in life when there is nobody who cannot benefit from your blessings of talents, gifts and resources. Some of the people in need are our own parents, relatives and neighbors. Others are in foreign lands where one meal or $1.50 medication can be the difference between death and life.

We are, however, the ones to make the decision whether to share or take them to our deathbeds with us. What you give to help others have hope and a better tomorrow, is the only thing you have that remains. What you keep to yourself never lasts.

There is no shame or regret when you share your talents, gifts, expertise and material things.        



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David Roper, author and retired pastor, emailed me stating,

Vincent…So interesting to read about the Kenyan "three things" tradition that parallels the Yiddish story. It must be a reflection of the universal desire to be useful and leave something that endures. Also the fact that "story" has such an important place in your culture. I think we're only now realizing the power of story here in the West. I do wish preachers would understand that concept and employ story and imagination more readily in their preaching. Most preaching is too pedantic and touches only the head. Stories touch the heart. (emphasis mine).
Stories inspire people to improve their lives. They inspire people to give to humanitarian causes. Stories provide reason for hope and expectation of a better tomorrow in tough times. Stories inspire people to believe in themselves, go the extra mile and work with team members to achieve an expected outcome. Stories don’t have to be long to make people think and act.
I received another email with the following message

Vincent...I wanted to thank you for speaking to our son Preston and three friends. They mentioned you spoke to them about the BSU Oklahoma game. They discussed your story several times; and whenever an 11 year old repeats something, you know the story had an impact on them. (emphasis mine)

Preston's team did play for the Optimist Junior Championship Saturday night and they won 36-30 in triple overtime. Steve Hanson

The losing team had never lost a game in three consecutive years.

The strange thing is that I was walking to my car when a mother of one of the boys told me they would be playing for the championship game in the morning and asked if I had words of wisdom to share. I carry a small prop in my wallet that I use to illustrate the power of focus. I removed it and told them the story about it and how I used it to help the BSU Broncos focus on the game against Oklahoma. I closed with “stay focused and you will win.

In December, 2006, before leaving for their 2007 game against Oklahoma, several BSU football players had teary eyes when they heard the story and five others that I customized for that moment.

… Just want to let you know we received a $1,000 online
gift yesterday in response to your article in the Idaho
Press Tribune.
…Your story of the man walking in the desert and other thoughts that you shared really put things into perspective and gave me a strong desire to find more balance and joy in my life. I gained a renewed excitement to finish my education in psychology so that I can one day help others, as I feel that is the path I am supposed to travel…

Diana Ridgeway
…His humor and storytelling were second to none. But what really impressed us was his ability to capture in our hearts and minds the relevance, morality, virtues and applications of his African Folktales into our own lives and situations of today.

Denton Evans, Counselor, West Jefferson School
… When you talked of how monkeys were caught and how that related to drug use, I was amazed…but those two or three sentences you said were more impacting than any hour long speech I had heard before….

Jennifer, Student Caldwell High School
…, what sets you apart is the unique way that you weave your stories from Africa into the material, forcing the audience to visualize the points in a different way than any other speaker they have ever heard.

Dirk Koetter, former BSU football head coach.

The story used must be relevant to the point being made and how it is told matters. Here are a few things to bear in mind:
  • Don’t be obvious. Let your audience think.

  • Your story needs to have an emotional appeal.

  • Life has ups and downs and so should be your story.

  • Explain how it relate with your main point(s).

  • Give the audience the opportunity to reflect and make decisions.

Mark Twain, speaking of pausing when telling a story said, “The pause is an exceedingly important feature in any kind of story, and a frequently recurring feature, too. It is a dainty thing, and delicate, and also uncertain and treacherous; for it must be exactly the right length--no more and no less--or it fails of its purpose and makes trouble. If the pause is too short the impressive point is passed, and [if too long] the audience have had time to divine that a surprise is intended--and then you can't surprise them, of course.”

In short, learn how to tell stories.

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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