Prime TImE Interview

September 21, 2020

with Entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz

Life Skill Life School Episode 25

July 7, 2020

Essential Oils Boutique CEO Twanna Moore interviews with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” on Episode 25 of Life Skill Life School. For more information about Twanna or Essential Oils Boutique please visit

Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win

May 13, 2020

by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer”

One day I woke in a happy spirit and as I started to look at success stories on social media I kept seeing Gwennetta Wright making it happen and others were putting up emoji signs to symbolize that they were clapping. Then I turned to The Last Dance on ESPN and I started seeing Michael Jordan and they were telling me to “Be Like Mike.” During the commercial break I started to thinking about how Gwennetta puts God into her messages, the work she does for others, the events her and her team do to elevate communities and how it has been a joy to network with her all of these years.  As soon as The Last Dance came back on this melody came into my head singing “Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win” say it again “Be Like GWEN If You Want To Win” so through her name GWEN here is a 4 point plan to put you in position to win.

G is for God. Why do you put God first in what you do? I put God first in all I do because without him I would be nothing. Being an entrepreneur for almost 14 years I definitely know where my help comes from. God has kept me going when I didn’t have any money in my bank account. Every time I had an issue that I didn’t know how to overcome he came in and fixed it. My faith in him is truly the only how I am still standing today. I am very business savvy but I don’t operate my business on the worldly principles most of the time I operate them on Godly principles which is not very popular in the business world. My business strategies have always come from prayer.

W is for Working for others. Why do you help your team so much?  I believe every good leader job is to birth other good leaders. I can’t be operating at my best but the people on my team don’t get the same access. I live by the code that if I eat well, then my team eats well. I give the people on my team a choice. They can eat how I feed them or they can go hungry. If they don’t want what I feed them in knowledge and resources then that’s their choice but the ones who want it I will make sure they have it.

E is for Elevating Events. What made you want to do events like the Toy giveaway and the Back to school events? Honestly, those are truly God assignments. When I started in business God blessed my businesses financially abundantly. In the mist of it all I knew that the blessings that he was giving to me were not just for me but for others. I would be selfish not to give back to those in need if I could make it possible. Those events are definitely faith walks because even though God has blessed me in so many ways for some reason when I have those events the funds don’t ever seem to be there because I usually don’t make a budget for them but every time God guides me and my team to get the resources and finances to pull each event off.

N is for Networking. Why do you network and network and network? Networking is essential in business. It is unfortunate how many people don’t realize it. Relationships in business are everything. Your relationship with someone can open a door of opportunity faster than money. It’s definitely not always about what you know but who you know. For a long time I didn’t believe this until God open my eyes of how important building relationship is. God will use someone who you don’t know to bless you. He will use your connections to get you to the next level.

The bottom line is that if you want to win like GWEN you have to put God first, Work for others, create Elevating events and never stop Networking.

Book or Interview the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting, emailing  or calling (706) 615-1662


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 Tuesday March 15th, 2016

March 14, 2016

“The more you know the better chance success will say HELLO (Humble Entrepreneur Learning from Life Opportunities).

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.

DERRICK Hayes Interview with Author Ron Walker

December 12, 2015

RonWalkerEncouragement 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 Hayes Interview is with Ron Walker who was born in Thomaston GA and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA in Clayton County. With over ten years of speaking under his belt, Ron has grown into a well trained empowerment speaker. He delivers a passionate message centered on self-motivation, overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. In order to aid others in their voyage, he has developed several books and CD projects. Projects include “I Almost Gave Up,” “It’s My Time,” “On track to the Kingdom,” “Your Best Day Today,” “The Lost Works of a Lost Soul,” “One Day at a Time,” “Passion 101” and “Dollar and a Dream: Succeed or Die Trying.” All of his projects are internationally distributed and can be found wherever you buy books or CD’s including Amazon, iTunes, Napster and Sony.

Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and in Psychology. He is a licensed and ordained Christian minister and oversees Better Way Ministries, an outreach ministry specializing in motivating others to find and define their purpose.


My dream is to simply encourage people in a way that propels them into their destiny. I simply aim to be a cog in the process, a catalyst of sorts that gets the ball rolling in the right direction. I believe in momentum, but sometimes what separates achievers from under achievers is a push in the right direction. Through my writing, speaking, ministry and even business, I aim to be that push towards purpose.


I hold a Bachelor’s degree in both Theology and Psychology. Seeing as how I’m constantly dealing with people, I use them both daily. Understanding the minds and motivations of people are key in being able to break through to them and motivate them. My formal and informal education allow me to better understand people from different backgrounds, their different obstacles in life and the different factors that influence their decisions. I mentioned in my motivational audio book, “Dollar and a Dream,” the importance of what school, church and the streets taught me and how they influence me daily. It’s important to be able to utilize all facets of education. That’s also why I make it a goal to learn something new everyday.


I think with every person, if they can’t bring anything else to the table, they at least bring their past, their experiences and the knowledge base they have developed based on those unique experiences. I am who I am because of what I’ve been through over the years. I bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the table because of where I’ve come from and what I’ve been through. I was born with little, went through much and have come out in a pretty good position. No one else can tell my story like me.


I realized I was ready around the age of nine. I started my first business back then and have developed over the years. I started writing and receiving rewards and acknowledgements for it back when I was in middle school and I started speaking and teaching in church towards the beginning of high school. I don’t think anyone knows everything about where they are going or will end up in life, but as far as being ready…I’ve been ready, but I’m constantly preparing for more as well. I’m ready and getting ready all at the same time. I’m ever expanding.


It’s difficult for me to think of one person in my network to single out as person that others should learn more about. My friends are doing many great things in their respective industries. Justin and Akuba Dawkins are on the precipice of making great developments in the Tech world. Lyndon Batiste, Phil Daniels, Niko Villamor are doing wonders with music. Levar Norsworthy is making great strides in marketing. And there are so many more. If I had to highlight one person, I would say that my father Pastor Daniel Fagan is one to know because of his understanding of love and leadership. I believe that more of us need to understand how to love people and lead effectively.


As is pointed out in my new book, “I Almost Gave Up,” divorce, financial struggles, the decline of a business, the loss of a very close loved one and so many other things have been challenges I’ve had to overcome, but it’s all a part of life. We all have obstacles and challenges, but I’m a believer that for every problem there is a solution. I don’t focus as much on challenges as I focus on solutions. It’s a part of what helps me to continue to succeed.

Keys for Success:

As mentioned before, focusing on solutions instead of problems is key to success. I wrote a book not too long ago called, “It’s My Time: Stop Complaining and Start Changing.” In my opinion, it’s imperative to seek change over complaints. We can all find something to be unhappy about and we can all find something to be happy about, but the choice is ours. Never give up. Keep smiling and keep persevering. The battle isn’t given to the strong, but to the one that endures. If we keep pushing, persevering and being relentless in our efforts, eventually we will succeed. To me, true success comes when we realize that the joy is in the journey, not the destination. If we can learn to enjoy each day and appreciate the ride that life takes us on, success becomes an ever present reality.

Visit Ron Walker for more information.

DERRICK Hayes Interview with Music Producer James A. Worthy

November 29, 2015

JamesWEncouragement 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 Songwriter/Producer/Model James Worthy who is one of the breakout producers in the industry. Worthy has taught himself all the tips & trades when it comes to creating a masterpiece within his musical ability. Accompanying his musical flexibility, James has credits with various artists including Grammy Nominated Musicians & Award Winners Like: Arrested Development, Men At Large, Sara Stokes, Robin S, Tony Sunshine of Terror Squad, Truth Hurts, Bobby Brown, Petey Pablo, Yung Berg, T-Pain, Tyra B, Future, Amanda Cole of En Vogue, and so many others.

James began making his own beats around the year of 2004. He began using production software programs like Propellerhead Reason where professionally he jump started his career. His first break came from producing a record for Yung Berg entitled “Electric Disco” who is popularly known on the reality show “Love and Hiphop Hollywood”. Fast forwarding throughout the years he has produced Dr Dre’s former artist Truth Hurts latest UK hit “Fight 4 Love”, Sara Stokes formerly of Making The Band hit single “Sneak Peek”, Kesan Moore of The Walking Dead street hit “Inked Up, and many other records. Currently James is touring and will be seen on BET’s new docu series “From The Bottom Up” which airs January 2016.

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

My goals are to inspire people around the world to follow their dreams in life. Ive achieved success in my industry but I want my legacy to be remembered as one of the greats.

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

I have taught myself hands on training in music production, but I also have a degree, and certification in audio.

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

What makes me unique is the flexible I have to create all genre’s of music. The industry calls me “The Comeback King” being that I bring back many artists to the spotlight.

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

Once I received my first royalty check I realized this was where my career was headed.

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

Angel Jerez who is an upcoming songwriter under me. He embodies real lyrical content and speaks different languages which really helps in this industry.

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

Gaining respect and creating with those who think ahead.

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

Love your craft and never discount your worth. There is always room for someone to be successful.

Visit James A. Worthy for more information.

The DAILY Message for Monday October 5th, 2015

October 4, 2015

“My Hustle is IMPECCABLE (Inspiring More People Energizes Communities Creating And Building Life Empowerment).”

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 September 11th, 2015

September 10, 2015

“Turn what you do for free into a FEE (Find Entrepreneur Excellence).”

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.

DERRICK Interview with Street Lotto the President of OOOG Brand

July 15, 2015

StreetLottoEncouragement 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 Street Lotto who is the President of the OOOG Brand. The meaning of OOOG is wisdom acquired through life experience, struggle, endurance, and set backs. A OOOG has stayed the course through all it’s up and downs never giving up on his/her dreams, passions, or goals. A OOOG is one that is a shining example to those ahead of them, beside them, and the ones to come. Three times GREAT, Three times a GENIUS, Three times GRAND. To be labeled as a Triple OG means you’ve earned the RESPECT to represent the OOOG Brand‼️

Born in Cincinnati, now residing in Atlanta, Lotto sought opportunity to better himself and focus on a career in music, overcoming the obstacles of the drug trade in his native city. “Money was never the focus for me, only a means.

Through the years, Lotto has aligned himself with well established brands like Coca- Cola, Apple Inc., Snoop Dogg, and 98 Degrees!  Including going on tour with multi- platinum artists streaming from The Nappy Roots to Jeff Timmons (founding member of 98 Degrees). On the list of accomplishments also includes his collaboration with Ted Talk’s “TED X”. In celebration of 1 billion visits to the company’s site (, Lotto penned and performed  “TRANSCEND”, the theme song for the well attended convention. Scoring even bigger, he was featured along with Dallas Austin, and Too $hort, on the billboard nominated mobile app Zooz Beat made available on iPhone receiving over 1.6 million downloads.


Though in Atlanta, Lotto has always been compared to and inspired by west coast hip hop. At points, he recalls spending months at a time on the west coast, submerged in it’s culture. “I don’t know why, I just always got love from the west. The music was comfortable to me. I guess that’s why they took to me”, he explained. “Collaborating with Cali veterans like Daz Dillinger and Bay area artists Mistah FAB and Turf Talk inspired me to do something different. “My new project is produced totally by DJ POOH protégé, west coast producer, TWEEK BEATZ whose credits include: Snoop Dogg, Keisha Cole, Glasses Malone, Jim Jones, Crooked I, and Suga Free, to name a few. I just wondered what it would sound like if somebody from over here, fused sounds with somebody over there?”

The new single “#GO”, is from the full length album Levi’s And Chucks, produced by Tweek Beatz.  Why Levi’s And Chucks? Both brands are synonymous with classic American culture, appealing, but not limited to, black and white, but EVERY race, creed, and color within the make up of our society, current and future. They will forever be a mainstay in our society,  just like the material from this LP. Classic. Original. Timeless….

My dream has always been to not only be a major artist with a voice that effects change, but also a business mogul that would inspire people that grew up in places like where I (originally) come from, Cincinnati, Ohio.

E is for Education: What is your background in Education?

I finished High School and 2 years of college before I entered the “real” world. I didn’t finish college. To tell you the truth, I really had no desire to finish school. I was there to continue my football career. But, once I figured out that ship had sailed, I wanted to sell enough weed to buy a dope crib with a dope ride and a dope chick to complete the cipher! (laughs). I eventually came back home and did just that. I started to also get into making the music that was the soundtrack to my lifestyle at that point. That lead me into wanting to take music further. But there was no real music scene in Cincinnati, so I moved to the A! Over the last decade and a half, I’ve been traveling the states performing, getting deals, losing them, making money, losing it, all in efforts to figure out how to brand myself to the masses. I guess you can say, I’ve put my 10,000 hours in! (laughs) Over time, I’ve just figured out how to give people something dope, yet honest, and inspirational. What I have figured out in music, comedy, and branding- nothing beats truth nor purpose and both are heavily applied to the OOOG Brand!

OOOGBrandR is for Resource: What makes you stand out or unique?

My resources include my network. Through being hungry in this business for years, you encounter alot of influential people behind those doors. Some say YES , and some say NO. One thing that I picked up is, just because they said NO doesn’t mean somewhere down the line I can’t get a yes out of them. See, some people will never  change, thank GOD, circumstances do! So what happens is, now, most of them not only ride for me, but they open new doors that weren’t there before. The moral to the story- KEEP PUSHIN’!!!

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

You just know. Things start happening and you don’t have to ask questions anymore. You know the answers, and feel God’s favor surrounding you like a force field.

I is for Individual: Name one individual that others should learn more about and why?

The source! G-O-D! People should really get to know Him. I grew up with my dad, so I knew him, and could with certainty trust all he said he would do for me- because I knew him. Others weren’t as fortunate. They didn’t grow up with a father around, so they learned to trust themselves more. Even if dad was half there, he wasn’t all the way there. So if you don’t really know the man, how could you really trust him? The same principle applies to knowing the Lord. I know men, that are now grown, that want to find and meet their father just to learn more about themselves. Imagine if you find the Father God Himself, you’d learn ALL about yourself and untapped potential, feel me? To know HIM is to know yourself. You will know His will, then discover your purpose!

C is for Challenges: What challenges have you faced along the way?

Challenges- I’ve had to overcome the obstacles of the game like anyone else that stayed the course. Having to learn, people are NOT what they SAY, they ARE what they DO! Most people will tell you your dreams are impossible- and they ARE- for THEM! It isn’t their purpose to do what you do, so they don’t have the vision to see what you see. I learned not to get caught up in what didn’t work before. That was them- THIS IS ME! I expect to win. Maybe it doesn’t happen right away, but it will in HIS time. And 10 times out of 10, if it don’t happen, it wasn’t for me, and I’m good with that. I also learned that nobody is going to work harder for your dream than YOU, regardless of what they may tell you or make it look like. You get out what you put in.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for others?

One sure fire way of not achieving your dream is to quit!

Visit Street Lotto and the OOOG Brand for more information.