VOTE Your Best Life

June 29, 2020

LJ Holloway For Congress for the 5th Congressional District in Florida. LJ Holloway stopped by to share with others on VOTE Your Best Life to share her Vision how Others can help, Teach unregistered voters how to make an impact and how we can get out to vote during the Elections in 2020. You can contact LJ Holloway for more information at http://www.lj4congress.com


HBCU Week

June 28, 2020

Welcome to HBCU Week and Please make This LAST (Like And Share This). HBCU Week is an online and virtual experience presented by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” to give back to parents, students and HBCU Alumni. We will make this happen through programming and interviews. Here is the schedule for this week. Other events may be added so please tune in. All events will be seen on Facebook www.facebook.com/derrickhayes and YouTube www.youtube.com/entietainer

On Monday June 29th at 12 Noon EST. we will kick it off with HBCU Monday with the Welcome from Talladega College graduate Terry White who is the Basketball Coach at George Washington Carver.

On Monday June 29th at 7 PM EST.  we will have VOTE Your Best Life as I will interview Edward Waters College graduate L.J. Holloway who is the Founder of All About Healthcare Advocates, Partner in Today’s Honoree and currently a candidate in the race for Congress in the 5th District in Florida

On Tuesday June 30th at 12 noon EST. I will interview Fort Valley State University graduate Ozone Mayweather who is an Entertainer, DJ and Brand Builder on Episode 23 of Life Skill Life School.

On Wednesday July 1st at 12 EST. we will have the HBCU Hump Day HUDDLE where I will interview former Tuskegee University professor Dr. J. Aleem Hud who is the Founder of Project Rebound, Inc.

On Thursday July 2nd we will have Spelman College graduate Candace Shaw who is the Founder of Why Hate Math www.whyhatemath.com on Episode 24 of Life Skill Life School.


Life Skill Life School Episode 22

June 25, 2020

Coach Corry Black interviews with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” on Life Skill Life School Episode 22. In this interview Coach Corry talks about how to connect with other coaches, organizing events for athletes to get scholarships, and teaching others how to get 1 % better each day. Find out more information about Corry Black by visiting http://www.cblackhoops.com

 


MANIFEST Monday

June 22, 2020

MANIFEST Monday is presented by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” to motivate and inspire others to see their ideas through so that they can breakthrough. Barry Brown who is the Author of the Student Athlete Playbook gave the introduction for MANIFEST Monday and for more information he can be reached by visiting http://www.studentathleteplaybook.org


Wednesday’s Word

June 3, 2020

In this clip from the FBLA Regional Conference that took place in Columbus, Georgia at Shaw High School Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” gives inspiration and motivation to encourage the youth to develop their greatness. For more information on the Future Business Leaders of America please go https://georgiafbla.org/ and https://www.fbla-pbl.org/


The DISH Man: 4 Things I Observed in a Million Dollar Restaurant

April 15, 2020

DISH Man

A few years ago I needed a part time job and nobody was hiring so I applied to work at Little Caesars. At first I thought you could apply at the store but quickly I learned that the only way to get a job there was to fill out an application online.

When you are new in the pizza industry and even before you can take money or make the crust you have to start off in the back washing the dishes.

Every night I came to work I left everything in the sink as I was determined to be the best person to ever wash a pan. As time when on I was crossed trained in other areas but nobody and I mean nobody could keep up the flow of dishes on a Friday night which is the busiest day in the land of pizza.

When I was asked to leave early one night the person that replaced me started to curse and throw their apron. Not everyone is meant to do your job.

Even with my hands in the water from time to time I would look from the back to the front door and through the word DISH I’m here to share with you 4 Things I Observed in a Million Dollar Restaurant.

D is for Diversity.  On any given shift you could have High School students, Colleges students and career professionals making pizza together at the same time. You may have a Grandmother being supervised by a Granddaughter. As diverse as it was I saw that no matter what the race or religion of the people we all found a way to have fun and make things work.

I is for Isolation. When you are the guy doing the dishes you are on an island by yourself. The only way you get help is when the rush is over. Just like in other industries if you can’t hold it down when they need you they have many other applications of people they can turn to. One way I made it work was to keep a pen or paper on me so that while I was washing dishes I would meditate and write down the great ideas when they would come to me. S is for Service. Science can do or want to do it

S is for Service. If customers are not greatly treated the business will soon be defeated. People can get a pizza from many other outlets and even from the gas stations and grocery stores so you have to take care of the customers because they are the ones that help your job take care of you. It is a blessing to see someone enter your workplace and leave with a smile on their face.

H is for Help. At the end of the day, help others and they will help you. The person washing the dishes is just as important as the one making the pizzas and the ones taking the money. If I don’t have the pans washed than no dough and ingredients can placed in the oven and if the pizzas are not in the oven than no pizzas can go out the door.

Even when I washed dishes in an environment with Diversity I appreciated the Isolation because it allowed me to see how great Service can Help create a Million Dollar Restaurant

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Senior Breakfast

April 13, 2020

Senior Breakfast is where High School and College Seniors come together for breakfast to receive inspiration and motivation so that they can be prepared to finish out the school year on a high note and not be scared for life they will live after college. Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” was they keynote speaker at the Senior Breakfast for the Class of 2020 at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia.


National Youth At Risk Conference

April 3, 2020

Here is a video clip from my 4 Things That TIE Into Life Development Presentation at the National Youth At Risk Conference that took place in Savannah, Georgia. After the program I received these words of encouragement from an educator who attended my session that had traveled all the way from Guam for this event.

“This presentation was the most authentic and touching I have attended so far. Thank you for sharing your journey and for making it seem possible for everyone in the room to be just as great! Blessed to be in your audience.”

Asherdee Rosete, School Administrator in Guam.


DERRICK Interview with Motivational Speaker and Author Jonathan Rivers

February 12, 2018

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Jonathan Rivers who has as a BS in Marketing from Auburn University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Rivers is married to his wife Erica and they have four children; Kingston, Ezra Adah and Titus. He is also an author, motivational speaker, professional development consultant and youth coach and mentor.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to travel around the world with the purpose of transforming mindsets through speaking, encouraging and enlightening. I plan to create a program that sends young men and women to leadership camps to build their acumen and leadership skills, which they will bring back to the community and share with their peers.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have my BS in Marketing from Auburn University and my MBA from the University of Phoenix. I consistently speak about the principles I learned in college such as the product life cycle and human capital. I also discuss my experiences of discovering my purpose, overcoming adversity and building relationships.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I consider myself unique because of my versatility. I am a powerful and passionate storyteller with knowledge and experience because of my background as a former collegiate athlete, high school educator, motivational speaker and believer in Christ.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready to run my own speaking and consulting business when I was laid off from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I applied for at least 40 jobs and got told no every single time. I then knew I wasn’t being told no to anyone’s organization; I was being told yes to my purpose!

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Darren Palmer is my publisher, one of my mentors and a driven individual. He is the owner of his own self publishing company (selfpublish-N-30days) and he has helped me step into a new level of greatness. His vision and preciseness regarding his professional direction is inspiring and beneficial to anyone.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I was abandoned by my father at birth and raised by a single mother. I was sexually abused as a child and involved in multiple life threatening car accidents. There was a time I only had $30 in my checking account but I did not allow those circumstances to make me a victim because I chose to allow them to make me a victor.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

1. Do not compere yourself to anyone else! God made each of us in his mold, but unique in our own way. Everyone has a purpose and it is not predicated on being just like the next person. Work to be better than you were yesterday, rather than being better than someone else.

2. Be intentional about everything in your life! Too many people live life on cruise control with a laissez faire attitude because they don’t care what may transpire. If you don’t intentionally create your road to success, you are creating your road to mediocrity.

3. Learn, Learn, Learn! Continue to research what it is that you want to pursue in life. Do not allow the opportunity to learn be stripped because of arrogance or your perception of a specific source. Life is a teaching tool and it needs to be observed.

Visit www.Jonathanbamrivers.com for more information.

 


DERRICK Interview with Blind Filmmaker Michael Schwartz

November 11, 2016

michaelschwartzEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Michael Schwartz who is a legally blind filmmaker and owner of Trailhead Productions brings fifteen years of experience in television news and production to the table, and you’ll see what that means all along the way. An award winning reporter, Michael knows television and works for you with the same dedication and ideals valued by the best in the business.   “We’re the storytellers, not the story.”  That means that at Trailhead, we never forget that you and your dreams are the stars of the show.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I’m a big believer in breaking through boundaries. Although I’ve been gradually losing my eyesight since I was thirteen years old, my dream was to pursue a career in visual storytelling, and I’ve never taken “no” for an answer. Through a career as a broadcast reporter and photographer, and now as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s possible to merge the worlds of visual storytelling and visual impairment. From my first job all the way through my current film. Following my own passions, though, cannot and should not be the end of the story. My dream is to change perceptions, raise expectations and make a difference in the world of inclusion for people with disabilities.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I loved so much about my education there is that no matter what your specific goals were, you had to learn everything about the business. It wasn’t good enough to want to be just an anchor, or a reporter, or a photographer, or any of the other jobs in journalism. You had to learn it all, and I had so many opportunities to learn skills that have benefited me throughout my career as a storyteller. Understanding what makes up a good picture, learning how to tell a concise story, understanding how to combine dozens of stories to build a newscast that makes sense… it’s all about crafting stories that make a difference.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The first resource actually doesn’t have anything to do with tools of the trade. It has to do with drive and resilience. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to be a visual storyteller who’s visually impaired, there has to be an inner belief in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing else matters.

I also rely on the twin pillars of of communication and partnership. While it’s easy to talk about the mechanics of how I do my job – working with the spatial and acoustic dynamics of an environment or a set to frame a shot, or shooting on a 4K camera to edit in a 1080 timeline, or not thinking of color itself as much as color profiles to use waveforms and vectorscopes to craft the mood and design of a shot, these are all just that” mechanics. They explain how do my job, but not why I do my job. I do my job because I get to work with a team of creative professions who share a creative vision. It’s what gets me up every morning in search of great stories to tell.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I think the key to realizing your dreams is that you shouldn’t wait until you feel you’re 100% ready. The truth is that day may never come. There will always be at least one unanswered question, one skill you could hone a little more, one step you may feel you’re not ready to take yet. Life is about leaps of faith. When I set out to start my own business, one based on a risky proposition and an uncertain outcome – staring a video production company even though I’m visually impaired – the one thing I had was a belief that I could succeed. Yes, you start a venture with as many resources as you can muster and your prepare as much as you can, but success is based on action, and action requires at least a certain amount of faith in yourself. Really, I knew I was ready because I believed in myself.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I can’t speak highly enough of my colleague and friend Maxwell Ivey. Max calls himself the Blind Blogger, but his life is about so much more than his blindness. It’s about always seeking self-improvement, expanding horizons and making a difference. Max knows how to start with a dream, use the resources he’s developed over the course of a lifetime of finding unique solutions to difficult challenges, learning new skills to help him achieve his goals and always looking to the future.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I believe that the challenge anyone with a dream has to overcome is facing down low expectations. What I’ve found is that people tend to rise to the expectations we set for them. As a creative artist – a filmmaker – who is visually impaired, I work every day not only to coordinate a creative vision with my team, but also to lead others to a world where there is no barrier to achievement. I direct and even shoot documentaries, and will continue to do this throughout and beyond the process of losing my eyesight. This is because there is a certain truism that we all have to come to accept, that pursuing one’s passion is the best starting point, because there are no barriers to accomplishment.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

There is really one key to success. Set the bar high for yourself and for those who share your passions. This doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake. As they say, that’s why pencils have erasers. High expectations push you to challenge yourself, and it motivates you to constantly question your own assumptions… even the ones you don’t know you have. Expecting the highest level of performance from everyone you work with encourages you to pursue nothing short of excellence.

Michael is a friend of mine, and I want to encourage you to support his new documentary series, “The Palette Project: Losing Sight, Maintaining A Vision.” He’s made it really easy to pledge with a micropayment of just $1 for the videos he’s posting on his Patreon feed. This is a great way to show your support, and you can make a difference by helping him make a difference. Plus, you get to see some pretty amazing videos of some pretty amazing people, and learn what it’s like to be a visually impaired filmmaker. – Maxwell Ivey