BedTImE Stories with Tie Tie

September 19, 2020

Tonight’s BedTImE story is The Roof The Roof The Roof is on Fire

Bed TImE Story

September 13, 2020

with Tie Tie: Water You Going To Do – The Fish, Dolphin, Shark and Whale

Character for Student Athletes

June 17, 2020

Character for Student Athletes is a presentation from Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” designed to teach people that what you see is what you get, who you be can determine who you are with, too many die from drugs like purple and if you want to see change it may have to come from your own circle.

Every Entrepreneur Should ROCK

April 3, 2016

RockNewmanby Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes with Super Business Owner Rock Newman

As college students at Tennessee State University my friend Dez Frazier and I would watch all of the big time boxing matches. I would of never imagined that over 20 years later I would be on the phone interviewing Rock Newman who helped Riddick Bowe win the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the world.

Through the name ROCK we discuss his Reason, Opportunities, Character and Knowledge that helped him be who he is today.


DH: Who inspires you and what did you learn from them?

RN: I was most inspired by Cassius Clay who later became Muhammad Ali. The night he beat Sonny Liston was a transformative night in my life. People laughed at me because I thought he could beat Liston. I received independence of thought once I knew someone could make something happen. It gave me a sense of unconventional thinking and beating the odds was very inspirational. Ali’s victory over Liston played in my mind that all things were possible.

I love sports and fighting was a competitive athletic event. Observing Ali at 12 years old, and 4 years later seeing him standing by his convictions for what he believed in was another incredible lesson that I learned. Seeing how he handled the whole situation gave me a lesson in manhood and character. I knew then that you could stand against the world when you are right.

DH: Where are you from?

RN: I was born in a Washington, D.C. hospital but I grew up with my family in rural Southern Maryland where we raised pigs and chickens in a farm like setting.  Once I turned 18 I went to Howard University on a baseball scholarship and had the opportunity to see another side of life.

DH: When did you realize you could make it?

RN: For some reason I was blessed with the spirit at an early age of thinking that I was someone special. I always had big dreams. I always had dreams of going way beyond the surroundings that I grew up in. I always felt I had the confidence that would take me beyond my own my family circumstances.

DH: Why do you exist?

I think that I exist to be the source of my granddaughter’s security, a source to be a vessel to make people always feel good. When I meet family, friends and even strangers on the street I hope to have an ability to make them all feel good.


DH: How does one find opportunities?

RN: Often times you hear the word opportunist in a negative way and it baffles me the way it is used. Every day we wake up there is a sense of venture and opportunity that is determined by your mindset and attitude. You have to have your eyes open for any opportunity that might exist like helping an elderly lady across the street or helping someone that is struggling in business.

DH: How did you get started in radio?

RN: One morning a radio talk show host couldn’t make it into his job at WOL radio station.  The owner called me and asked if I could make it in. I said yes without really knowing if I could make it in or not. I went to the end of the street and caught a ride with a snow truck on one of the snowiest days of the year. I had to end up catching a few more snow trucks going in the direction of the radio station until I got about 6 blocks away. Dick Gregory was my first guest and radio gave me a platform. We all have to seize our moment and be an opportunist.

DH: What are keys in looking for the right opportunity?

RN: One of the keys is identifying what you love and what you would do for free. My granddaughter is obsessed with cameras. Other things like dolls and toys don’t matter to her. I want to tap into her love of photography and build up her passion for it.

I dreamed of being a pro baseball player. At 10 I saw Angelo Dundee always with Ali. I said if I could not make it as a baseball player I wanted to be in the boxing industry. Thoughts become things.

My life journey led me to where my dream as a 10 year old was. I was 42 years old when Riddick Bowe became the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.  I was working with Butch Lewis and Michael Spinks at the time when I saw Riddick Bowe in the Golden Gloves. At the time I was thinking about leaving the boxing industry. Only thing that would keep me in the game would be a chance to work with a possible champion.


DH: How important is character in business and life?

RN: Character is everything. Character is the absolute foundation for a solid life and business career. Honor your word if you want to become the person that someone feels they can build a relationship with. Character is the essence of who a person is. Character is what you do when the lights are off and no one is looking.


DH: What words of wisdom can you give to struggling or up and coming entrepreneurs?

RN: When you find your passion and follow that passion at the end of the day you take in more knowledge and absorb it so much easier. You gravitate to all things that will prepare you and educate you in your pursuit.

There was and still is no script written to show someone how to become a great manager or promoter.

Follow passion, develop a plan and have discipline with good intent to identify what your purpose is. Work hard and excellence will come naturally when it is inside your passion.

DH: What are some lessons you had to learn the hard way?

RN: When you set out to use good intent/good sense of purpose, strong aspirations and desire to make things happen sometimes is the most difficult challenge is to get out of our own way and let the universe unfold for you

DH: How can people support you?

RN: Please visit where the show appears on WHUT Howard University Television. Subscribe on YouTube at Follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook we are at

Every Entrepreneur Should ROCK but you have to find your Reason, seize Opportunities, have Character and share Knowledge so that the world will change forever.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit  email  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

The DAILY Message for Friday May 16th, 2014

May 16, 2014

AskDerrickAboutEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read , Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: Turn Your Checker Into CHESS (Character Helps Everyone See Substance).
  • App: Today’s word is Leap. Do you want to stay where you are forever? Take a leap of faith in your destiny. It is not about quitting your job but starting your dreams. Receive Today’s word in Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.
  • Idea: Know when so you can win.

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DERRICK Interview with Motivational Mentor Ed Wisdom III

May 3, 2014

Edspeaking1Encouragement 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 Ed Wisdom, III, motivational speaker, mentor, and the founder of The Edward H. Wisdom Jr. Foundation established in 2012 in honor of his father who was murdered by an “at-risk” teen, has powered himself to the forefront with his initiatives on growth and empowerment in areas of manhood, fatherhood, youth, parenting, family and community. These initiatives include efforts in spiritual, philosophical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial development.Earlier this year, Wisdom was the keynote speaker for Black History Month at Austin Peay State University where he spoke on excellence and 2 Corinthians 8:7, “excel in everything.” Wisdom was the first African American keynote speaker at the governor’s 11th annual Tennessee Season To Remember in 2013 to honor and remember victims of homicide. Wisdom was also guest speaker at the Citywide Trayvon Martin Walk on Capitol Hill.

Wisdom has delivered his message all over the city, at prisons, juvenile detention centers, churches, schools,universities, throughout the media, and more. He explains how “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” to articulate to men that we have a responsibility in helping other individuals grow. Wisdom also conveys the idea that “a good man leaves behind a [legacy] for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22) promoting the leadership of men in powering families with gifts passed from generation to generation.

Wisdom is in Senior Management in Management Information Systems (MIS) at Vanderbilt University following his father’s, Ed Wisdom Jr., footsteps as he was the Directorof MIS at TSU. Wisdom not only followed his father in his career but in his heritage in character, integrity, and much more. Wisdom is a graduate of Tennessee State University (TSU), where he also earned his Masters’ degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems.

His son Erik Wisdom has followed these same footsteps earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Business Information Systems at Tennessee State University, thus fulfilling the legacy good men leave behind “for their children’s children.”

Ed Wisdom III was the creator of The Gentleman’s Agreement: The Rebirth of the Black Man, held at Vanderbilt University, a discussion on Growth and Empowerment; The Rebirth Vol. II Brainwashed with author and advertising genius Tom Burrell held at Tennessee State University; Life, Love, Legacy and Leadership; The Go Further, Go Farther, Go FATHER Fatherhood Initiative at Fisk University, and much more.

Wisdom is very active in the case involving the tragic murder of his father and has been very vocal in the media, with law enforcement, politician, community organizations, and more. He is a proven leader in the community.

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

My goal is to help men grow spiritually, philosophically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, and financially to find their true identity.  If you take a look at 2 Corinthians 8:7, it speaks to “excelling in everything” in those areas…faith (spiritual), speech and knowledge (philosophical),…complete earnestness (psychological), the love (emotional), others (social), in order that we may become rich (financial), understanding that the word financial is a Latin word where the prefix FIN means complete, or settled up and not necessarily wealthy.  My dream is to see this through to fruition with those I directly (or even indirectly) influence in order that they have that same “cultural capital” to pass on to those they lead.

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

I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration / Management Information Systems.  I serve as Senior Manager of Database Administration in Vanderbilt University Information Technology department.  In addition to that, I provide IT consulting services through my own company.  I am a motivational speaker as well, so my dissemination of information to help individuals make intelligent decisions comes in a couple of different forms; technology and human interaction.

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

EdSpeakingIf you trace the lineage from my grandfather, Ed Sr., through to my son, I offer a compelling story for men and our responsibilities as it relates to life, love, legacy, and leadership and how each of us have overachieved in those areas through building good names, character and integrity.  Each of us of was resilient, each with different sets of adversity.  My grandfather’s father died when he was 7, his mother when he was 17, and he had nothing more than a 7th grade education, however he traveled the world by sea 5 times over; raised 8 children (6 boys) who were college educated and/or decorated military veterans; and built a trucking business on good character.  My father during a time of racial divide was close lifelong friends with Olympic great Wilma Rudolph, a decorated paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Parachute Infantry and the all-black 555th Airborne Parachute Battalion (Tripe Nickles), the 1st African American to teach at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, TN after integration, was 1 of 2 of the first African Americans to work in IBMs top secret security clearance facility in Atlantic City, NJ, and went on to become the Director of MIS at Tennessee State University for nearly 40 years.  Myself, I followed my father’s footsteps in Information Systems and after his tragic murder in 2011, I formed a foundation in his name to share with men ideas on legacy and leadership.  My son, followed in Information Systems and Technology as well and was raised in my household, a single parent household, and has risen in excellence.  All of this combined forms a unique story that I share with men on how to manifest through identities.

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

When my son was born, I felt my father had equipped me with everything in life to be a good man, a great leader, and do great things, and fatherhood would be my change to prove it.  It catapulted me into a role that was greater than just heading my own household but in leading young boys and men connected to my son who lacked male leadership at home.  When my father was murdered I was certain that my purpose was to do exactly what I had been doing and was to continue demonstrating to men through my actions and also my words as a motivational speaker as to exactly what it took to become a real man.

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

Uchendi Nwani.  He has a very intriguing story about his fall, then rise to becoming a respected leader and entrepreneur.  We grew up together in the same church where his stepfather was the Pastor. We went to high school together, and have been friends for years. Uchendi is the Author of “The Millionaire Barber Stylist” and the owner of International Barber and Style which is largest barber college in the United States.

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

The adversity through the murder of my father, my hero, in late 2011 has been and is my greatest challenge.  I believe I have taken it on with resilience and have ensured that the works that he began continue in the likeness of his good name.  I am still engulfed deeply in the continued investigation into my father’s murder and I am strengthened each day by my purpose to lead my family through this to and get back to more peaceful days.

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

Success comes in building a good name, character and integrity and understanding that success is less about accomplishments and more about the manifestation of your identity as a visionary, a leader, and an overachiever.  Success is also understanding that good leadership is not about you as much as it is about them, those who follow.  Your goal is to develop those who follow you, making them leaders, some of whom are equipped to pass your vision on to in order to keep your vision alive.

Visit Ed Wisdom III for more information.

DERRICK Interview with The College World Reporter Publisher Donnell Edwards

December 21, 2012

DonnellEdwardsEncouragement 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 Donell Edwards who is a professional speaker, author, spokesperson, CEO and President of Donell Edwards Media, Founder and publisher of The College World Reporter (CWR) online empowerment magazine, and CWR World News & Information Service daily

D is for Dream.  My dream is to influence and empower young people and students and help prepare them to compete effectively in the volatile world of today and tomorrow.  I have achieved the first phase of that goal by developing The College World Reporter (CWR) magazine, and having the blessing of assembling a very, very formidable group of highly professional advisors from a variety of backgrounds to contribute on a regular basis to The CWR.

E is for Encourage.  I am encouraged when I have the privilege of finding people who have the same passion that I have to help empower others,and when I find those who are eager to receive and apply the information and advice that is offered to help prepare them for survival and success in the global marketplace that we live in today.

R is for Resource.   I have a very eclectic background; I worked in retail sales, in radio as an announcer and marketing representative, I worked for over 11 years for a Fortune 100 company, IBM Corporation in administration and management, I am an entrepreneur and have been a motivational speaker, life coach, and have owned a direct sales mobile phone business.  My education is somewhat recent, since I did not go back to college and get my degree until later in life.  This has allowed me to have a better understanding of today’s youth and young adults. All of this has provided me with invaluable insights into life, and how to overcome adversity and successfully confront life’s challenges.

R is for Ready.  After my very first issue of The CWR, which was originally designed to be a small newsletter for local students, I realized that it could become something much, much bigger.  I also realized there was a need for a publication of this type because I had only completed my degree a few years prior, and had the pleasure of getting to know many of the college students in my classes, which provided me with a microcosm of college students in general.  I was able to discern that although students were getting a good education, they were in many ways not prepared to make the transition from being students to the real world.  Armed with this knowledge, I knew then that I was ready to embark on a course of finding the resources to provide students with advice and information from professionals on a variety of levels to help them successfully make the transition into the real world.  That has been, and continues to be the mission of The CWR.

I is for Individual.  There are so many, Kenneth Chenault, Marva Collins,Ann Fudge, Earl Graves, Jr., Cathy Hughes, Richard Parsons, and others. However, if I must pick one individual that I would recommend that others should learn about that would undoubtedly be the late Reginald (Reggie) Lewis.  Mr. Lewis established TLC Group, LP who made history in 1987 when he purchased the International Division of Beatrice Foods, consisting of 64 companies in 31 countries.  At the time of this transaction this $985 million dollar deal was the largest offshore leveraged buyout ever, by any American, Black or otherwise.  Mr. Lewis to me is an example of what we can achieve, and demonstrates how important it is for everyone to at least learn the basics of finance and money management.

C is for Continue.  I believe and live by the philosophy that one only fails when he or she stops trying, and that there are no failures, only life lessons.  So, to me, failure is never an option.  I analyze the life lessons I experience and become wiser and more informed, and move on.  The motivation to continue must come from within, from inside myself.  That is the set of principles I teach in my signature speech, “Motivation On Steroids®.”

K is for Keys.  My first key to success is to have a strong spiritual foundation. No matter what your spiritual beliefs may be, one must have a close relationship with God, and be guided by God and Godly principles.  Second, one must know himself or herself.  Understand your strengths and your weaknesses.  Know your limits.  Work to progressively master skills that are required to achieve your goals and convert weaknesses to strengths and overcome limitations.  Third, never lose confidence in yourself and your goals.  Regardless of what anyone else thinks, stay the course, stay true to yourself and your goals, while being aware of the need at times to make adjustments, but never losing confidence in yourself  and your purpose.  Fourth, build an inner circle of people who have abilities, skills, and expertise different from yours and in some instances superior to yours. Learn from them, share with them, and build a network that will be mutually beneficial.

Visit Donell Edwards for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement 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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

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

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

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

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

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

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

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

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

Visit MJ Pedone for more information.

The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Tuesday

October 2, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes brings you The DAILY Message to empower and inspire you to your next level.

In This Issue:

1. Daily Derricknym is BUTTON. Press the BUTTON (Be Empowered Through Teaching Others Now).

You can also order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is Complexion. Faces all around the world come in different colors. Is the dream alive where people are treated for the content in their character rather than the color of their skin? This is brought to you by Motivation To Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to take off your watch if you are going to just keep watching others succeed.  Make at least one thing happen today.

We provide you with the DAI (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas) so that you will be inspired to have a great DAY (Dreams Are Yours). If you have an idea that you would like to share that will empower others to take action  so they can have positive results please contact me at so we can promote you and what you do.

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.

DAILY (Dream And Inspire the Life in You) Derricknym for 1/16/12 is MARTIN

January 16, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

MARTIN (March And Rally To Improve Neighborhoods) Luther King, Jr.

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