DERRICK Interview with Buy Black Podcast Host Gerald Jones

November 11, 2017

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 Gerald Jones who is a husband and father living the dream in Omaha, NE. Professionally, who has been serving our nation’s military for 17 years across two service branches (US Marine Corps Reserve & US Air National Guard) while creating a rewarding civilian career as a Training, Performance, and Management Consultant. When he’s not working you can find him at the nearest basketball court or golf course (depending on the season), but the thing he loves to do most is Help Other People Win by organizing and structuring their personal goals.

Gerald started the Buy Black Podcast with the Mission to Draw Consumers and Business Owners together to Ignite the Global Black Economy.  Through this platform our socially conscious listening community will connect with black business owners and their companies, learn about their products or services, and support Black-Owned Businesses by buying from them.  Each week Mr. Jones brings you a new, compelling interview with an entrepreneur who will share their story, teach us some useful business information, and share their number one piece of advice for the Buy Black community as a whole.

What is your (D) ream, goals or what have you achieved?

I’ve achieved a great deal in my life, all of which set me up to realize what my dream is.  As of today, I’m at the beginning of the path to achieve it.  My dream is to create a platform that has a global impact in changing the way that we, as human beings see and interact with each other.  In short, I want to make the word “tolerance” a thing of history.  I want to crack the very difficult psychological code that moves people from “tolerating” the differences that make us unique to actively loving and appreciating how those differences make our teams, our communities, and our societies stronger.  “Build strength through diversity” is one of my personal core values, and I plan to instill that value into as many people across the planet as I possibly can.  My first effort toward achieving that goal is devoted to rebuilding economic strength and independence in the Black community.  I have developed and plan to grow a communications platform that offers free marketing exposure to black business owners via my podcast and forthcoming black business directory online.  When I close my eyes, I envision this podcast with an audience over 100,000 and a business directory with as many or more monthly visits, both of which will provide free exposure and listing for black business owners, as well as a reliable place where consumers can come to patronize black businesses and support our greater community.

What is your (E) ducational background and how do you use it daily?

I have an Associate’s Degree in Intelligence Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Additionally, I am a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Gold Certified in using the New World Kirkpatrick model of training evaluation, and an ICAgile Certified Professional.  While I continue to serve our nation’s intelligence analysis efforts, my passion and daily devotion is in training, process improvement, and business development.  In my traditional career as an associate in a major consulting firm, I use my Intelligence & Training backgrounds as well as by Business degree to provide performance consultation to U.S. military organizations, helping them streamline processes in order to allow their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to spend more time and energy focused on their missions.  In my personal time, I am building the Buy Black Podcast from the ground up, establishing a foundation of valuable evergreen content that will continue to draw a larger audience over time.  As a one man show, I’m responsible for everything from book keeping to marketing…from booking guests to editing, producing, and publishing my audio tracks.

What (R) esources do you bring to the table that make you unique or stand out?

Throughout my life, I have ascribed to the philosophy that you should identify the things you love, the things you’re passionate about, and become an expert in them.  Since we all have different skills and different passions, it stands to reason that we will have different combinations of overlapping capabilities.  What has made me unique in the marketplace to this point has been my experiences.  Very few people have taken a path similar to mine in life, which means few people are qualified to provide the kind of education and consultation that I can.  I spent 8 years as an infantryman in the United States Marines.  Since leaving that branch, I have spent 9 years as an Air Force intelligence analyst.  As a civilian, I educated myself on Instructional Systems Design and Training Facilitation, using that Google knowledge and subsequent real-world experience to earn and become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).  What makes me stand out in any environment is that I can learn any system within a short period of time and identify ways to streamline and improve it to save resources while making a bigger impact.  It is how I landed by position as a performance consultant long before I had a Bachelor’s Degree.  It is that unique ability that I am using to build my podcast platform today.

When did you (R) ealize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Last year, in the summer of 2016, I had just finished by bachelor’s degree and was looking for my next project.  The CPLP tests were months away, so I had no immediate challenge ahead of me.  At that time, on July 5th & July 6th, I saw the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile murdered.  More than any previous tragedy of the kind, the deaths of those men affected me deeply, to the point of action.  I made up my mind then that I would have to do something that could impact the world beyond my family and small circle…so I began brainstorming.  Over the next 9 months I tried several small projects…doing Facebook live videos, posting motivational quotes and images to connect with people, but those things were too small scale.  In that period I had also begun listening to several business education podcasts, and I began to think about what kind of podcast I might be able to create.  Finally, in April 2017, I happened to reconnect with a friend from my childhood on Facebook.  When I went to her page, I saw that she did lots of research on black owned businesses and was posting articles about them on her page to help promote them, simply because that was her passion.  That was the final piece of the pie.  The idea for the Buy Black Podcast came to me and over the next two months I put everything in line to produce and publish the show to the world.  On July 5th, 2017, I went live with the first show.  I chose that date to honor Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Name at least one (I) ndividual in your network that others should learn about and why.

I would say Gerald Harris.  He and I grew up in the same town competing against each other in sports.  He is now the Student Engagement Coordinator at Duke University and is also becoming very active in the local political scene in Raleigh-Durham.  Remember the name, I predict it will be common in your household in the not too distant future.

What (C) hallenges have you had to overcome?

The toughest thing that I have had to overcome is my own personal growth as a human being and a man.  I have spent a great deal of my life looking at the world through the eyes of hegemonic patriarchy.  I have challenged myself to confront my subconsciously sexist views of women, homophobic and transphobic views, my religious views, my political views, everything.  After building a course on Analytic Tradecraft and Critical Thinking for the military, I spent so much time teaching people how to question their own views and biases that I became mired in doing the same to myself.  I went through a period of intense personal growth.  It was painful to look in the mirror and see who I really was, how I had previously viewed and treated people (even if only in my own mind), and determine to change the way I interacted with the world.  In the end, I came to one conclusion.  Jesus stated that the greatest commandments were to love God with everything that is of you and in you (paraphrasing), and to love your neighbor as yourself.  All of the laws and the prophets hang on those two commandments.  I made a decision to live my life actively loving other people in and on whatever walk of life is true to them, and to do everything in my power to help make their lives better, stronger, and fuller.  Since that time, challenges just haven’t seemed so challenging, and no matter what happens I am always content with the outcome.

What (K) eys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Everyone has their different keys and tips for what to do to be successful.  In my heart, I believe the absolute most important thing that anyone, be it a person or a business, needs to be successful is a Mission, a Vision, and a set of Core Values.  I believe people need to invest the time to identify those three things for their lives, write them down, post them where they can be seen, then proceed to live every moment in life adhering to those values, working in their mission, to make the vision become a reality.  Our Core Values are a statement of who we believe, in our best selves, that we want to be.  Our Mission is what we believe our purpose is in life…why we were put on this Earth.  Our Vision is the end game, the future that we want to create for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  All of these give us the “Why” of being on this planet, doing what we do.  I’ll leave the “how” and “what” tips to someone else.  For reference, my personal Core Values are a list of action statements.  I don’t believe in using cliché, abstract words to describe “values”.  No, your values must invoke ACTION in order for them to be real.  My Core Values Are:

  • Love People and Lead from Your Heart
  • Exhibit Ethical & Intellectual Integrity
  • Build Strength Through Diversity
  • Listen for Understanding
  • Practice Innovative Entrepreneurship
  • Model the Behaviors You Want to See in Others
  • Always Exceed Expectations

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The Weekend WOE (Word Of Encouragement) for Sunday

April 16, 2017

April 16th, 2017

“In TIME when you remove M it leaves you with TIE. M is for the Ministry, Marriage, Miracle, Mission, Marketing and Message that you can TIE up when you don’t use your TIME wisely.”

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#Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an #Author and #MotivationalSpeaker for #Teams
 
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MLK Candlelight Vigil

December 11, 2016
flyer-for-mlk-candle-light-vigil-2017-1On Monday January 16th, 2017 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Presents … MLK Candlelight Vigil at 6:00 PM CST in the Student Union Ball Room that will feature a Keynote Presentation from Encouragement Speaker Derrick Headlines Hayes that will discuss these important points.
• Dr. Martin Luther King’s Message of Leadership Through Service
• The Values of Courage, Truth, Justice, compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, nonviolence and service that so radiantly defined Dr. Kings Character and empowered his leadership.
• Unity (As in promoting unity amongst all ethnicities)
If you are an alumnus of or a current student at Tennessee State University please come out to support one of your own and if you have a program, meeting or event during or right after the MLK Weekend and you need motivation, encouragement or inspiration for your audience the only way to go is to give them a WOE (Word Of Encouragement).
For more information about Derrick Hayes or to book him please visit http://www.derrickhayes.com or email info@derrickhayes.com or call (706) 615-1662

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


Professional Development DAILY Message for Wednesday May 18th, 2016

May 17, 2016

“Help the ones you’re next to and earn something EXTRA (Empower your X-factors To Rise Above).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


Professional Development DAILY Message for Tuesday May 17th, 2016

May 16, 2016

“When you try your dream can MULTIPLY (Move Up Ladders Through Innovative Positioning that Leaps You).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.