Issue Number: Volume V No. 9. Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: September 2006.  © 2006—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

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“Vincent, when Boise State Football Team gets on the field, they know why they are there and what they have to do to succeed.” This was said by a former BSU Football coach as we discussed the presentations I had given to his deeply talented team compared to teams in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

One clarification, talent has its place in life and people who are talented and use their talents well do succeed in extraordinary ways. What I want to make clear is that you can succeed in what you do even if you don’t have talents.

I have given numerous motivational speeches and training sessions for both players and coaches at BSU since 1998. After the above statement, I started paying attention to the key aspects of individuals that required no talent, but lead to enormous success in professional and personal endeavors.

My involvement with the BSU Football has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. Why would it not be for a Kenyan who comes to the USA with zero football knowledge, then reads about it in newspapers and asks a coach to let him speak to the team about winning, focus, teamwork, staying away from drugs and other destructive off the field activities? Today, I am probably the only human being with several coaches’ uniforms (from several schools) for a sport I had no clue how it was played when I first spoke to the BSU Team. Allow me to add that in 2003, after the team won several conference championships and bowl games; I was honored by being selected as their Grand Marshall for the Homecoming game.

What, however, intrigues me is the performance level of the BSU Football Team, year after year. The WAC teams don’t have deep pockets to compete for talents against upscale football teams. But Boise State football players have what individuals need to succeed in life even if they don’t have noticeable talents.



Passion to learn.

In 2002, the team had just won the conference championship when one of the players said, “Even champions can get better” as they prepared for a bowl game. The players in this team are teachable. You stand in front, and you can see and feel how they are sucking in every bit of wisdom or practical tip you share. You don’t need talents to be teachable. What you need is desire to learn and discipline to apply learned information.



Ability to learn from all available sources.

How many coaches out there would risk having someone who had no clue how football is played speak to their team? “Even though you never played football, your understanding of how a team must function as one to be successful is amazingly accurate” wrote Dirk Koetter, Arizona State football head coach after one of my presentations. The tips you need for something that is dear to you may come from unexpected sources.



Invest in growth.

When last did you attend a seminar or read a book that was not required for your job? When last did you take someone you want to learn from out for breakfast or dinner? In football, time matters in a huge way. To have someone come speak for an hour is a huge investment. You need to invest in your mental, physical and spiritual growth.




This comes with extra trimmings…responsibility for one’s choices, decisions and actions, and putting a plan together for achieving one’s goals. You would be impressed to see young men, in their late teens and early twenties doing what needs to be done without being asked to. No talent is ever needed to be self motivated and doing what needs to be done before one is asked.




What talent does one need to change? Some of the players had excelled in certain positions while in high school. However, for their own growth and the team’s success, they learn knew skills for different positions. Change is the currency that will buy you a portion of the future in a world that is changing faster than ever before. No talent needed.



Courage to try.

I worked with the team several times before I learned who was who and how they had joined the team. Brock, an outstanding player was a walk-on—a player who was not recruited and had no scholarship but the coaches allows him to join the team after they watch a demo video. Brock was one of the best players the school has ever had. Millions never live up to their potential because they lack the courage to “walk-on” into potential opportunities.



Steering away from distractions.

There is no talent needed to stay away from habits and activities that take your focus and efforts from what you love. This starts with the associates you keep. To succeed you need to have people around you who are positively investing in their own futures.




Our last child’s name is persistence. No talent, education, money or family connections are needed for one to be persistent. Is your goal important to you? Does is help you live a better life? Then why quit?



Be humble.

While I have seen these players in team meetings, I rarely recognize then when they come to the classes I teach at BSU. They just blend in with other students. Humility requires no talent.

These aspects are key to success even if one doesn’t have extraordinary talents.

Dr. Kituku and Kituku & Associates want to thank the following groups:



R.C. Bigelow

“Dear Vincent, The entire team at R.C. Bigelow thanks you for your enthusiastic and challenging workshops. We are deriving benefits as a business and many of our associates have been challenged toward personal growth. It was a very worthwhile exercise.

I especially appreciated the extra effort you made to learn about our company and tailor the presentations to our specific needs. I have noticed improvements as our employees have taken more ownership of their work centers and we are slowly killing the water buffaloes…”

Tony Greer, Plant Manager



Boise State Football Team

“Dear Dr. Kituku…The lessons that you spoke of are priceless…we know championships are not won by athletic ability and schemes alone, having the correct state of mind is what separates individuals from the crowd; we feel you have helped us with that edge…”

Chris Petersen, Head Football Coach



Community Development Institute

“Dear Vincent…As always, you are highly regarded as a speaker and we appreciate your contribution to making the Community Development Institute a quality program…”

Gloria Mabbutt



Graduates of the How to Speak and Get Paid Seminar

“Vincent…I had dinner with Kathy McIntosh and Marsha McKinney Friday evening as both feel as I do - you are a wonderful mentor and it is beyond belief you would so openly help us become successful. Thank you…”

Sarah Minnis, CEO, Minis Consulting

“Vincent-This seminar has been filled with more powerful and useful information then I have ever experienced in a workshop. We covered a lot of information in a short amount of time. I now have practical tools and valuable resources to draw upon to move to the next level with Public Speaking. These tools are not available to the general population. I feel extremely privileged to have received this information. Your approach to teaching and sharing is unique in itself also. Your stories and the wealth of information you shared was most compelling! I was captivated from the moment the class began. I walked away from this class feeling confident that I can do public speaking with competence armed with very practical and useful tools. I know without any doubt that you saved me years of struggling by your choice to share what you have learned and know about public speaking.”

Sandra S. Wood, Inner Path Coaching CTA Certified Coach

If, as a leader, you have said, “I wish I had more talented people then our production would increase” or “The reason we fail is because we don’t have experienced people” think twice.

However, any leader can succeed with talented and/or experienced people. That is swimming down stream—living and non-living fish can do that. In life there are times talent will get the job done. Experience also has proved to be a tool for success over the ages.

Swimming up stream is what takes an effective leader—the one who works with amateurs and leads them to success year after year. The depth of the challenge the amateurs overcome matters. This is where Bob Sesek, Mt. Borah and I come in—Bob as the ultimate leader has taken non climbers to the top of Idaho’s highest peak. He has done this repeatedly.
First, allow me to pay special respect to Mt. Borah. While I have participated in ½ marathon events, nothing comes close to the physical and mental toll the mountain took on me. On my way to the top, I realized I had done something contrary to a practice that I developed since my youth. I have always encouraged people never to turn back before achieving their goal. Anyone I met on the way that had decided not the go beyond the Chicken-out Ridge, I encouraged their trip back by saying, “You are wise!”
Chicken-out Ridge is the real name but it deserves stronger description like “God be With You Ridge” or “The Point of Personal Reflections” or “One Mistake and Climbing is Not for You Ridge.” One website indicates that there are seven people who have lost their lives climbing that mountain in the last two and a half decades.

Mt. Borah’s summit is 12,668 feet. The distance, from the base to the summit is about 3.5 miles with a 5,500 foot ascent.
That takes experienced climbers 6-7 hours but the sign at the gate says plan for 12 hours round trip. Guides say, “West Ridge which is primarily a non-technical hike and scramble, although a long day is required to safely make the ascent and descent. Be ready for Chicken Ridge, an exciting traverse of the most exposed section of the climb. Participants should be in good physical condition with prior experience with strenuous hikes. Ski poles are great addition to cushion the rattle on the knees during the descent.

I want to put something on the record. The “non-technical hike and scramble” description is purely relative. I would advice wannabes to learn rock climbing and get used to heights—and for the Chicken-out Ridge, very exposed heights. I had never climbed a rock, mountain or endured relatively drastic elevation changes. The exposed height put my thinking on the balances.

Bob is an orthodox physical fitness guru. Staying fit is a way of life for him and Rhonda, his wife—another mountain conqueror. Bob’s depth of the foods to eat, when, how and why is not the kind of stuff you get from grocery stores magazines. He is real. He is a trainers’ trainer.

Bob has taken a man from India and another one from Mexico to the summit and back. As a leader here is a sample of what sets Bob apart:

Tell people the truth.

“You will suffer, but you will love it!” That’s from an email Bob sent me. People distrust a leader who tells them what they want to hear but not what they need to hear. Another email said, “This is a challenging hike and it's possible that everyone that starts does not summit.” I saw people who had run marathons turn back!

Hold people accountable.

“Vincent you better make it this year we picked the date for you!” This was another email reminding me of my earlier commitment and his expectation.

Provide the necessary information.

“As far as equipment goes here's the list of what I think you need.” That listed was as exhaustive as they get. Bob explained why each item was necessary and pointed out what was optional. I needed every item on that list to survive the 12 hours that hike took me. (Note the list is available by request only.)
Teach and demonstrate.

Bob loves teaching—he is the only person I know who can talk and climb when everyone else is laboring for strength to take that next step. He explained each and every aspect of the climb then made himself available, not just once, to hike a 13 miles course with me in preparation for the big day.

Stick to your principals and word.

This is probably what made me start thinking of Bob as a leader. We had two youngsters, 17 and the other 18 or 19. Bob had promised their parents that he would keep the teens at a “slapping distance.” On our way back, the teens reached Chicken-out Ridge way ahead of Bob and I. they radioed wanting to scramble through the Ridge with another veteran climber who was in our group. Bob’s response was a, “NO. They will go through that Ridge with me. That was and still is the arrangement.”

Stay with your people.

This fitness guru could have cleared that mountain in 6-8 hours. It took him the 12 hours I needed to claim victory. He stayed with me even though the weather, daylight and my physical conditions were in favor of my accomplishing this lifetime goal.

I lack the words to express my deep appreciation for the professionals who registered to attend last month’s seminar, but were kind enough to understand when our office made an abrupt cancellation. A dear friend of mine’s daughter, 21, died after a battle with cancer. Thank you all for your understanding and letting me go and be with my friend’s family in their darkest hour.

Please note the rescheduled dates for this course. 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.
 October 12th 5:30- 8:30pm (Thurs)
 October13th 5:30-8:30pm (Fri)
 October 14th 9:00am-3:00pm (Sat)
 The Waterfront Facility
 3200 Lakeharbor Lane
 Boise, Idaho

Please Note: Space is limited—we will accept only 8 more participants.
“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

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

Guarantee: You will not be disappointed!

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


Special Seminars for Idaho Licensed Realtors

 Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku
 October 24th, 2006
 Time: 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
 Doubletree Hotel
 2900 Chinden Blvd
 Boise, ID 83714
 Ph (208) 343-1871

8:00 a.m-12:00 (noon)

Moving Forward Without Leaving Your Life Behind
Approved (E0172) by the State of Idaho Real Estate Commission
and Education Council—4-hours

The wise have said, “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will die. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” If you want to thrive in professional and personal endeavors, this seminar is for you. What you will learn:

7 Must know essentials for moving forward

How to Embrace change, Unlock creativity and Overcome fear
Strategies for thriving in chaotic times


Key aspects for planting “seeds of success” in
a dry season

12 Strategies to turn setbacks into setups for a new beginning
Charting the future you want

1:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.

9 Proven Ways for Marketing with a
Shoestring Budget to Diverse Cultures
Approved (E0173) by the State of Idaho Real Estate Commission
and Education Council—4-hours

This workshop will provide participants with practical steps on marketing with a zero or shoestring budget. Topics discussed include:


Key benefits of cultural diversity for business viability and prosperity

How migration changes the way people spend their resources

9 compelling reasons for creating dynamic marketing strategies

10 ways to advertise your business with zero capital and with cultural sensitivity


Top 4 proven strategies to build your business with unlimited referrals
10 marketing tips you can use in any season

Turning ordinary events/activities into extraordinary business returns

Your DISCOUNTED investment for the TWO seminars:

Early Bird registration = $89
(October 1st is the deadline—you save $50). Thereafter = $139.

You can also register to attend a single 4-hours seminar for $69 or $89
after October 1st.

Groups of five or more pay $69 or $99 after October 1st. Your investment includes a program workbook and refreshments but not lunch.

(for more information and/or to register with a credit card)
Toll free 1-888-685-1621
Fax the downloadable form to (208) 376-8724

Mail a check or money order to:

P.O. Box 7152
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Cancellation terms:
You can transfer your registration to future courses. You are guaranteed a 100% refund if you cancel your registration 30 days before the day of the course. Administrative fees of $40.00 will be taken from your registration if cancellation occurs between 29 days and two weeks before the course. There is no refund if cancellation occurs within 13 days of the school. If cancellation of the course is initiated by Kituku & associates, there will be 100% refund.

Each participant who has attended and participated in the entire course will receive a certificate that includes student name, course title, delivery method, dates, classroom hours, course approval number, signature of school representative, school name.


Phil Archer
LandAmerica Transnation Title
208-938-2544 Phone
208-938-2545 Fax


The change, morale, fear of taking risks, dealing with unpredictable challenges and
balancing work and life, in the workplace could be compared to the appearance of water buffaloes in an African village.

 Buffaloes invaded villages without
warning, devastating social structures, uprooting the harmonious livelihood of villagers and left them feeling insecure
and stressed out.

A leader is the one who knows the buffaloes, where they are and has the right spear. If you need the “spears” to motivate and help your employees to be creative, inspired and focus for the
overall success of your organization,
then this seminar is for you.

Here are some highlights of what you will learn:

· 7 Must Know Key “Spears” to
  Succeed as a Leader

· What Employees Need When they
  Think There is a Buffalo (change)

· What Makes People Focus on
  What You Wish They Shouldn’t

· What You Must Do to Make
  Change Work

· Know 5 Attributes that Will Make
  You the Leader Employees Want
  to Emulate

· Top 9 Tips for Motivating People to
   Succeed in Any Situation

Bonus: Over 49 metaphors, stories or quotes to use immediately and change your workplace
 What others are saying:

“…Unlike most management courses/seminars…you taught skills rather than imparting theory alone…I am confident to say that we are now better prepared to survive the appearance of water buffaloes in our workplace.”

Betsy D. Sterk, Human Resource Manager, American Ecology.

“Dear Vincent…I can’t tell you how much you help me personally. Thanks for being a mentor and special friend to me. Your advice and insight helps keep me grounded and able to navigate the many troubled waters over which I must travel…”

Dan Hawkins, Head Football Coach, Boise State University (WAC Champions 2003, 2004 and 2005; Winners of Humanitarian Bowl 2003 and Fort Worth Bowl 2004)

Do you want your employees inspired to new heights of productivity?

Do you want your leadership team empowered and focused on vision, decisions and actions that bring results?

Do you want the conference you are planning to be a turning point for participants?

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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