Hayes is a highly sought-after speaker nationwide. He has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

Program Topics:

1. Youth Entrepreneurship

-How to Turn Your Gifts/ Talents into a Business Opportunity

-You’re Not Too Young to Be the Boss

2. Teen Issues

-Avoiding the Future Pitfalls of Educational Weaknesses

-What You Don’t See, Hear & Know About Being Locked Up in a Juvenile Detention Center

3. College Speaker

-How to Building Healthy, Winning & Lasting Relationships in College

-How to Make the Most Out of Your College Experience, and Give Back at the Same Time

4. Alcohol/Drug Prevention &Awareness

-Never Ever Pick It Up! Always Put It Down! The Un-Cool Toxic Effects of Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking

5. Attitude/Positive Thinking

-The Power of Positive Thinking: Turning Negatives Thoughts and Actions into Positives Possibilities and Outcomes

6. Small Business:

-How to Turn Your Gifts / Talents into a Successful Small Business

7. Motivation/Inspiration

-Empowered Greatness: 5 Disciplines for Achieving Desired Outcomes

-One Word is All It Takes: How Words Can Turn Hopelessness into Passion, and Passion into Triumph

8. Fatherhood

-5 Steps to Becoming a Better and More Reliable Dad

-Being a Dad Who is there for His Children―No Matter What

9. Self Esteem

-You Don’t Have to Get a Bad Rep (Reputation) to Stand Out or Be Popular

10. Passion

-One Word is All It Takes: How Words Can Turn Hopelessness into Passion, and Passion into Triumph.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker.


U.S. Department of Commerce, Montgomery Public Library, Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee State University, Alabama Department of Corrections, Mississippi State 4-H Club, Brown Sanders College, Bauder College, Bowie State University, Jackson State University, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporations, Georgia State University, and Georgia Department of Huamn Resources.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at  and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to  or call (706) 615-1662.

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