Issue Number: Volume V No. 12. Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: December 2006.  © 2006—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

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My observations, for the last ten years, on what resources are available for personal and professional growth, and how people use them have led to one key conclusion. To a great extend, people don’t succeed because they ignore the most available and accessible resource—other people’s experience.

Name any human enterprise and chances are that someone has done something on it. Whatever your life’s endeavor is, there is somebody with knowledge or experience, and mostly likely both, that you can use immediately and start living the life you have envisioned. The use, expounding on existing knowledge and experience is the shortest and least bumpy path to your goals.

A few months ago, I wrote about how Lewis and Clark benefitted from a resource, Sacajawea, that they had not planned on when the left for the uncharted west. They benefited from her experience. How many doctors, engineers, lawyers or researchers just show up for work and expect to have spectacular performances without ever observing some experienced professionals

How do you make it a practice to benefit in life by using other people’s experience?


The first step is your willingness to learn from other people’s experiences and change in order to grow and remain relevant in what you do. If you don’t change as times change, then you are changed. You can never have progress without change. It’s a tragedy to let the fear of doing something different shackle your future by stifling your growth.


Have top notch clarity on what you need to learn. It is a waste of your time and that of the “guru” you want to learn from if you met with him or her and you had not taken the time to prepare specific questions. It’s frustrating and you are not likely to be given another chance. Investing time to think and put your questions in perspective will provide the opportunity to have several items that have direct impact on your goals addressed.


Have an open mind. It is amazing to find a solution for a challenge you are going through from a source you didn’t expect. I have attended conferences only to get practical tips that take my business or life to new heights, from one of the other attendees and nothing from the featured presenters.


Know that you don’t have forever to learn everything you need through costly trail and error. In 1996, I learned the steps one needs to get a regular column in newspapers and magazines. It was written by someone who had done it for years. Within a relatively short time I was a regular columnist. There are endless stories of successful people in many areas of life and all attribute their success to what they learned from others.


Develop the courage to say, “I need help” and do so before you are discouraged beyond recovery. It takes a strong person to ask for help. What happens if we don’t ask? When I was a sophomore in high school in Kenya, I helped a teacher carry a gas cylinder from a bus station to his house. His wife was so thankful she gave me a cake. I had never seen a cake like that. Without hesitation, I just put the cake into my mouth and started chewing, only to find that the cake was wrapped with a paper that had to be removed before eating. Failing in your goals because you didn’t ask for help is worse than eating a piece of paper


Put what you learned into practice.
If you have knowledge on something but you don’t put it into action you are no better than someone who doesn’t have the knowledge.

Inspiring Productivity With Stories and Metaphors

The best leaders…almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.Tom Peters

When: 31st January 9:00-12:00 (noon)
Where: Boise Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
Who to attend: Leaders, managers, supervisors, team leaders, trainers, counselors, pastors and parents
Instructor: Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku, President/founder of Kituku & Associates

This workshop will equip participants with practical strategies on:

The 9 key elements of inspiring productivity with metaphors/stories

5 must-know benefits of using metaphors for effective learning

4 effective ways of emphasizing your organization’s ethics with metaphors/stories

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

5 styles that employees use to solve conflicts

11 approaches on how to use metaphors/stories for win-win resolutions

6 essential elements on how using metaphors/stories help employees turn failed projects into success

10 ways that metaphors/stories build common ground for diverse teams to thrive

Call 472-5200 or visit for registrations

This same presentation will be featured at Training 2007 Conference & Expo at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Conference and Expo take place February 26-28 with pre-conference certificate programs scheduled Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25.

The workshop # is 712, Inspiring Productivity with Stories and Metaphors

When: 02/28/07, 09:45 AM-10:45 AM

Visit for information for other seminars

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We believe inspired action, not manipulated action, is what takes care of the bottom line. Our editors have selected 52 articles (used by weekly corporate newsletters) that inspire, challenge and provide tips for professionals to reach new heights of growth both at work and other areas of their lives that they consider important.

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Call today 1 (888) 685 1621 or (208) 376-8724 or email me at with your order. Orders are mailed with 24 hours. You are GUARANTEED money back if you are not 100% satisfied (less shipping and handling fees) within 90 days.

It seems change happens before we learn about it and can adjust to what has just changed. You purchase new software and before you become comfortable with it, a newer version enters the market. For example the Idaho Statesman was sold by Gannett to Knight-Ridder Newspapers in August 2005 only to be sold to McClatchy Newspapers in August of 2006.

In the late 80s, I used to pay $12 to speak with my parents, in Kenya for three minutes. I would have paid $240 to speak for 60 minutes. In the last five years, a $5 calling allows me to speak for over 60 minutes, if I call landline.

What has caught most of us unawares is how fast the world is no longer “a small world” but a small village I used to call someone (not the operator who connected my calls), inform him/her when I was to call my parents and hope that the information would reach them so they can be at the telephone booth. Cell phones have solved that problem.

Change occurs with or without our approval or participation. Any efforts to resist the perpetual motion of change is like driving in a dead-end street—you run out of room to move ahead, and it may be hard to back-up. Workplace change has been hard as organizations keep reshaping to fit in a speedily changing world. The pain has come in the form of damaged careers, lost loyalty to organizations and distrust of decision makers.


Be Flexible: The forces, economic, political and social dynamics thrusting change to us are beyond an individual’s to stop change from happening. Being flexible and quick to adjust to change is the currency we need instead of mourning on what we can’t control. Ability to change is a personal responsibility.


Be Wholly Committed: You have to learn to commit 100% of your skills, experiences and knowledge to get the job done. This is not being loyal to an employer but being mindful of what will keep you marketable. It enables you to utilize your full potential and make you a valuable resource.


Own What You Do. Until one owns what he/she does, 100% commitment is dream hard to turn into reality. In whatever you do, you can help cut costs. You can find ways to improve customer service or increase productivity. Think and act as if you are self-employed with no self imposed restrictions on what you do for which department. You will grow faster and become more valuable. Just make a difference.


Broaden Your Saleable Package: The only way you can protect your career and growth is by adding value to your package of knowledge and skills. It is a career-catastrophic move to stop learning. Your marketability entirely depends your choice to consciously update your resume, gain new skills and stayed alert on what's going on in your industry. Ian Johnson, the star running back of Boise State football team said, “When you are tackled, keep moving forward.”


Think Customer Service: We all work for customers. Customers pay our salaries. The only job security is that customers purchase our products and/or services. We protect our jobs when we provider better products and/or services. Stay close to customers so that you can monitor their needs and expectations. Deliver better products and/or services than anyone else and you won't have to worry about competition.


Be In-charge of Your Attitude.
If you cannot be the CEO of your attitude, morale and motivation, you have surrendered the most basic attribute of life no one else can be responsible for. Your attitude towards life, change and how things ought to be is the single most important factor that will determine your productivity, marketability and personal growth. Never blame anyone else for your attitude, growth and ability. Accept the responsibility to solve problems instead of wasting time finding some to blame.

Before you read what you will learn or the dates and times for the last seminar of 2006, take a moment and read what Clay Corner, a participant in the last seminar said. Here it is:

“Hi Vincent,

I just wanted to share with you how blessed I was this week by your seminar. The difference between Wednesday and today is that I now know:
1. That it is OK to get paid to speak
2. How to understand and engage my audience to create amazing results
3. How to market my services 24 hours per day

Thank you. It was worth a fortune.

I gladly committed to the next level of training and look forward to learning and applying all that I can. Just to let you know, I have received a bargain and would have easily paid twice or more of this amount or more for your services.”

Just a note—Clay is an accomplished national consultant with years of training in public speaking.

Dear fellow speaker, what do you make of a case like Jennifer Christiano’s. Jennifer got results from what she learned immediately. She attended the seminar and in three business days (seminar ended on Saturday), Jennifer appeared in the Idaho Statesman (100% free of charge!). In addition to the description of her accomplishments and services, her picture was also printed. This was just one of the tips Jennifer picked up from the seminar. Here is what she wrote after the seminar: “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.”


“Dear Vincent,

I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to attend your "How to Speak and Get Paid" advanced workshop this past week! Your willingness to share your "tips" "strategies" and "must knows" of professional speaking was invaluable. The stories and examples made it obvious that every bit of advice had been time-tested as you learned the business.

More important than just the practical information though, was the sincere encouragement you always offer. It is a reminder that success in a field we are passionate about must be shared to make us truly successful. Thank you for your warmth and wisdom!

All the Best - Always!”

Marsha McKinney, ARM, Owner, Simple Safety


There is one thing I guarantee my students—you will learn practical tips that will allow you to propel your fulfillment (success is not only elusive but also very deceiving) into new heights. You will live consciously aware of why you do what you do, the impact it has on the lives of other people’s professions or personal endeavors and the tangible and intangible rewards you derive.

Further, you will learn how to speak so that people want to hear you and pay (very well) for your words. The second part is to teach you how to let people know what you do faster without you investing thousands of dollars. In fact, I teach participants how to market with a zero budget…that is where I started and still use it.

NOW here is information about the seminar. We have about 40% of the participants already registered. DO NOT WAIT!

This course is designed for participants who want to get paid as professional speakers/trainers or consultants. You will not only learn your speaking strengths, but also how to make them financially profitable. Not everyone QUALIFIES for this course. It is for professionals who are want to make a SIX figure income, and have fun doing it.

 February 1st 5:30- 9:30pm (Thurs.)
 February 2nd 5:30-9:30pm (Fri.)
 February 3rd 9:00am-4:00pm (Sat)
 The Waterfront Facility
 3200 Lakeharbor Lane
 Boise, Idaho
“If 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 communicate effectively.

Gerald R. Ford, U.S. President.

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

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

Must know tips that will help you avoid presentation pitfalls
“Failure to recognize possibilities is the most dangerous and common mistake one can make.”

Mae Jemison, Astronaut

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

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
 Discounted Rate information:
  ($279 if paid by January 19th)
 $279/person in groups of 3 or 4
  ($259/person if paid by January 19th)
 $259/person in groups of 5 or more
  ($239/person if paid by January 19th)

Your investment is $239 if you are a member of Toastmasters International or work for Not-for-Profit organization or you are a professional in humanity related fields.

Yes, your investment for this turning point seminar is $100 more (if you don’t take advantage of the early bird discount) than the past rates. Relax! We added more materials and time to take your imminent success to new heights immediately. Try taking these kinds of classes in other places like Florida or California. You will pay a minimum of $995 in addition to travel airfare, room and board costs (about another $1,200).

Guarantee: 100% refund (less $129 for administrative costs) if you are not satisfied with Dr. Kituku’s presentation.

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Boise, Idaho 83707
Cancellation terms: You can transfer your registration to future workshops. You are guaranteed a 100% refund if you cancel your registration 45 days before the day of the seminar. A $129 administrative fee will be subtracted from your registration amount if cancellation occurs between 44 days and two weeks before the seminar. There is no refund if cancellation occurs within 14 days before the seminar.

Guarantee: You will not be disappointed!

to learn more, find out if you qualify and/or to register.


As a leader, trainer, teacher or spiritual mentor, you want your audience to be informed, riveted and remember what they learned. I strive to create a positive and inclusive learning environment where each individual can participate and connect their past, present and the desired future. I do this with stories. Storytelling is not only my strongest presentation skill, it is my business’s life thread. The ability to touch listeners’ hearts and mind with stories is a powerful uniqueness that separates great speakers from the rest.

Here is an example:

Once upon a time, there was an ancient Far East community with a unique practice. Elderly folks, when about to die, were picked up and carried to the top of a hill surrounded by a thick forest. The top was relatively flat and had little vegetation. There, the elderly folks passed on in peace and tranquility.
In the community lived a young man who was an only child. His father had died. One day, he noticed that his elderly mother was failing in health. So he prepared to carry her to the top of the hill.
The agony of parting weighed heavily on him. As he carried her along, he occasionally felt something pull him back and then release suddenly. After a while, he looked behind to find out what was pulling him back. He was surprised beyond comprehension.
His mother was pulling branches off trees and leaving them along
the path.
He could not discern what this meant: A customary practice he didn’t know? Or something significant only to his mother?
But he knew that he had to learn the meaning of this peculiar practice so that he could pass it along to his own children.
He asked her why she was leaving branches along the path. His mother, already weak and now fatigued by the journey, with faint voice said, “Son, when you leave me on top of the hill, I won’t need directions any more. However, you will need to find your way home. I have left those branches to help you find the path.”
With that he finished the rest of the journey, said his sad farewell, left his mother atop the hill and sorrowfully walked home, guided by the broken branches in the path.

Few eyes are still dry when I finish this story. I build my speech on how each of us need to find out the branches that will help us live a life of fulfillment along our own paths. Here are a few, but most important branches. Because this story is too emotional, I tell a personal experience that moves my teary audience to laughter.


We discuss self-acceptance. Acceptance of oneself uniqueness regardless
of culture, gender, social status, educational background, ethnicity or any other narrowing identity is a beginning point. Participants learn how each is creatively created to be creative in a way no other person can live, act or
be them. One’s uniqueness should enrich the world differently from anybody else.


In this we discuss spiritual, professional and community related relationship, how we can enrich them as we derive inspiration, support and guidance in
the professional and personal path. Relationships provide the inward
tranquility and ensure our uniqueness an environment in which to soar,
to be beneficial to all.

 Overcoming Obstacles:

To be successful spiritually, professionally, emotionally or in relationships,
one has to learn to move from a drawback (may it be loss of a job, death of loved ones, broken relationship, unfulfilled dreams) with enthusiasm, determination, new vision and restored hope. Past failures or loses should
be a point of reference but NEVER anyone’s residency.

 Creating Change:

At this time, I have one objective: to make sure that my participants will change to better their lives using what they have already. (I tell a story of when I bought a car with an “A/C” button. I never pressed it on for years because I had learned in African that A/C means alternating current. Then
one day a family friend convinced my to push it…and life changed). Participants identify their own “un-pressed” professional and personal “A/Cs.”

 The Dash on the Stone:

This is the conclusion for my speech, but the beginning of my audience’s
life after the speech. I want to tie in all my points with my audience’s immortality. I ask my audience well known names like, the first president of the United States of America. Then I ask when those famous people were born or died. The room becomes quiet, and people turn to see if there is anyone who might know the answers. No one does and the audience is relieved when I say, “I also don’t know.

Then I say that a dash connects birth and death dates on grave markers. It is what is within the dash that is important. Participants leave the room projecting on how they can enrich their dashes.

If results are important to you, then Dr Vincent Muli Kituku
is the speaker/trainer for your group.
Call (208) 376-8724, or email Vincent directly at


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