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 http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

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DERRICK Interview with Author and Consultant Wayne Elsey

October 1, 2015

WayneElseyEncouragement 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 Wayne Elsey who is the Founder and former CEO of Soles4Souls (S4S), author of the book, Almost Isn’t Good Enough, and current Founder & CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises, Funds2Orgs, and 501(c)(3) University.

Elsey started working in the footwear industry at the age of 15 and continued in a myriad of manufacturing, managerial, sales and marketing positions. From 1999 to 2004 Elsey served as President/CEO of Footwear Specialties International (FSI). During that time, FSI grew over 400 percent in revenue. In 2005, Elsey was named President of Kodiak-Terra USA where he remained until becoming the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls in 2007. Under his guidance, Soles4Souls became one of the top 1% of nonprofit organizations in the United States in just 4 years. To date, S4S has distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries to victims of natural disasters and abject poverty.

After leaving S4S, Wayne launched Wayne Elsey Enterprises (WEE), a company that works with nonprofit and for profit organizations on strategy, branding and development. WEE has 3 divisions: strategic, educational and fundraising. The Strategic Division consults with organizations to strengthen identity and drive success. The 2nd division, 501(c)(3) University, is an online educational site designed to give nonprofit leaders the knowledge and understanding to help their organizations succeed. The 3rd division, Funds2Orgs, is a social enterprise that offers 3 compelling advantages: 1. Provides domestic nonprofits the ability to raise funds by carrying out engaging programs; 2. Creates and sustains micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs in developing nations; and 3. Dramatically reduces the impact of post-consumer waste in our nation’s landfills.

AlmostWayne is also a highly sought after public speaker and authority on topics related to leadership, branding, social activism, motivation, and community engagement. His network appearances include: NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today Show, & Fox News.

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

I don’t just want to talk about making a difference. I want to do it, and I have been doing it. I’m also a business man. I like to make money. Doing good and making money are not mutually exclusive. That’s why I also do motivational work so I can spread that message to as many people as possible. The core of my business philosophy, and what really makes me happy, is to be involved in projects that not only generate revenue but are centered on having an impact and improving society in some way.

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

I never went to college, but I’m considered a success story. I was President and CEO for two international footwear companies. I knew at the age of 15 when I did a work-study program that I wanted to be in the shoe business. That’s been what I’ve been doing in one way or the other since that time. Today, one of my businesses is a successful social enterprise called Funds2Orgs. It helps social sector organizations raise money, supports micro-entrepreneurs in over 26 developing nations and lowers our collective carbon footprint.

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

I’m like anyone else. I’m not any more or less special. But, what I always believe in is big vision. I don’t think small. I think big. That means I’m always shooting for the moon, and so is my team.

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

As I mentioned, I realized it at 15 years of age. I know that’s not typical, but it happens. What I do know is that you have to be ready all the time. You can never let your foot off the gas pedal. Life doesn’t work that way if you want to succeed and live what I call a “#grip&rip” life.

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

Dan Pallotta. My friend, Dan, is one of the leaders pulling back the curtain on the business of nonprofit work. He is talking, rightly, about everyone treating the social sector with a business mind and practices. If we want to get a handle on the issues that have been plaguing us for generations then we have to invest. That investment then needs to be used to hire the best and brightest for social impact. Nonprofits and social enterprise need to be sustainable. We need to stop pretending they don’t have expenses for the work they do.

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

When I was younger and just starting out, I had to overcome self-doubt. Sometimes along the way, it does creep up for a moment. But you let it go. Why? Because you believe in what you’re doing. When you believe in what you’re doing, you become focused on your work. And you don’t have time for any doubt. You have a purpose and come what may, you’re going to do it. When you keep your foot on the pedal, you really don’t have time for negative thoughts.

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

It all begins with attitude. Successful people take ownership over their decisions and life. They don’t waste time with the negative thinking or people who put up road blocks. Everyone can do this. It’s not a secret. We all just need to get off the couch, commit, do the work and make it happen.

Visit Wayne Elsey for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Attendant CEO Alex Kruger

July 10, 2015

AlexKrugerEncouragement 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 Alex Kruger who is the Founder and CEO of Attendant where they have an amazing new software that is helping families ease through a difficult transition.

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

The goal, as a the CEO of a concierge service for people who are grieving, is simply to make as positive of an impact on the lives and experiences of our customers as possible. We know that the “death space” isn’t the most enjoyable topic to discuss, but having to deal with the death of a loved one is something we all go through at some point and it can be one of the most difficult times for people. Assisting people during those moments and knowing we made a difference is something we want to achieve. At this time we’ve successfully secured funding to help make this possible and are now building out partnerships and getting the word out there.

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

I went to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where I studied entrepreneurship and international studies. There are a lot of experiences from my university years that I can recall as being monumental in creating the person that I am today, but I would have to say that the most important lesson I gained is simply learning how to learn from people I encounter. I love hearing about people’s interests, talking about what they know, and seeing how they approach challenges. A huge part of my day is speaking with people and learning more about the families we’re working with and the business we’re part of. The classes helped me get there.

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

Our team really represents the strength of our company because we all share a goal of being that helpful force in families’ lives and we all understand the obstacles that we have to overcome to get there. A lot of our members have experience at other companies. Personally I’ve grown business development teams for two companies and I think our combined insight and experience really allows our ideas to be rich and creative.

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

I can say that no one ever feels perfectly ready for any huge or ambitious undertaking when the time comes. But I feel ready enough. Around 6 months ago I saw a need and a way to help people, and that was enough for me. Our whole team is on board with this. We really understand the importance of what we’re doing and how big of a problem we’re tackling.

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

I would have to say Mark Lawrence, the CEO and co-founder of SpotHero. When you talk about entrepreneurship, you’re really talking about bringing out the best out of the people you work with and I think Mark did that better than anyone I’ve seen. Mark’s genuineness when it comes to interacting with others, whether it be co-workers, partners, customers, or strangers is a prime example of good leadership.

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

A lot of challenges have to do with how we get our foot in the door and communicate who we are to people. Many people lack awareness of the importance of closing accounts and filing the paperwork so it’s difficult to sell them on what we do. Many are only interested in Social Security or Veteran Affairs benefits but what we want them to know is that benefits is only the tip of the post-death iceberg that needs to be handled. A lot of what we have to struggle with is educating our customers on the importance of making sure that everything from credit bureaus to social media gets modified to help protect the identities and estates of their loved ones.

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

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

Don’t let a lack of results discourage you. Entrepreneurship is a slow and often hectic process and success relies on your ability to stay true to what you believe in. Your business will not be going full speed ahead all the time so surrounding yourself with driven people who care about the vision and always reminding yourself of why you do what you do will keep you moving through the tougher moments.

Visit Alex Kruger for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Credit Repair Expert Candis Johnson

June 19, 2015

CandisJohnsonEncouragement 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 Candis Johnson who is a Credit Repair Expert with United Credit Education Services. Candis is a female entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio who got started with her business in January of 2015. She strives to help others, be a positive role model and encourage and advocate for our youth. As a professional woman of many hats her purpose is to bring awareness to society about the importance of how enhancing your thought process and maintaining an excellent credit score can open many doors.

D is for Dream: What is your Dream?

My dreams and goals in life are to help bring awareness and educate communities across the U.S. on how to become financial and debt free.

E is for Education: How important is Education in what you do?

Growing up as a teenager I didn’t care for high school. I then received my GED and some college experience, along with extensive credit expertise training. I use my educational tools to educate the public about the importance of having excellent credit and how it affects your everyday life.

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

The services that my company provides helps entrepreneurs build a positive credit score and helps individuals and families manage their life affairs.

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

I realized I could help make a difference after being a client. I then made an investment to set a strong foundation for my family that don’t support our passion. We still strive and push for greatness to continue our mission for anyone entrepreneurs that have dreams or plans to pursue entrepreneurship.

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

Had it not been for Daniel Cottingham presenting a business opportunity to me, I don’t know where I would be today.

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

Although there are people who reject us at times, family and friends that don’t support our passion. We continue on our mission to strive and push for greatness.

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

To anyone that have dreams and plans to achieve entrepreneurship and becoming leaders, continue to speak in existence. Continue to pray, strive, live with high ambition and stay strong.

Visit Candis Johnson for more information.


Global Hero in Education Develops WEEKEND Program to Uplift Youth

December 6, 2014
Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Derrick Hayes is the #1 Encouragement Speaker and was recently honored by Microsoft in their blog Daily Edventures as a Global Hero in Education.

Hayes saw a need to use his gifts to serve youth on Saturdays and Sundays and it inspired the WEEKEND (Words of Encouragement to Enlighten Kids on Entrepreneurship Networking and Decision Making) Program.

Derrick knows firsthand how important it is to be inspired even in adversity. While faced with divorce with his after college sweetheart Derrick Hayes moved with a friend and slept on his apartment floor without a bed for over a year.

Next to Derrick was a bible that read woe is me and a dictionary that defined woe as a trial and tribulation. When Derrick pulled out a pen and pad he received his life changing statement, “Before you leave work or go to sleep tonight, give someone a WOE, a Word Of Encouragement.”

Here are the 3 success areas that the WEEKEND Program will focus on.

  1. Entrepreneurship. Everyone has a talent and it is up to us to help others find skills, develop skills and become an expert at what we do.
  2. Networking.   No one can do it by themselves and it is important to learn how to have a dream and a team and one way to do that is to always BUILD relationships.
  3. Decision Making. With over 10 years of working with youth in detention and over 20 years of working with students in Urban America Derrick Hayes realizes the importance of teaching young people that every choice they make is important.

When children are encouraged and enlightened they can put ideas together, build relationships and more times than not make the right decisions.

The WEEKEND Program is designed to give youth, community, and social service organizations a chance to bring in a quality Motivational Speaker or Trainer for programs, meetings or events at a cost effective rate that take place on a Saturday or Sunday.

Hayes is a highly sought-after speaker. He has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Legacy Chevrolet, 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.

For more information about the WEEKEND Program or to book Derrick Hayes for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

 


DERRICK Interview with Strategist Liora Farkovitz

March 18, 2013

LioraForkivitzEncouragement 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 Strategist Liora Farkovitz who was born “Mary Beth Bundy”, called “Beth Stein” while she was married the first time and had her three wonderful children. She eventually came to be known as Liora when she began using her Hebrew name in 2006 and then very proudly married artist Louis Farkovitz in 2010.

Liora often reflects on how she evolved from the daughter of an engineer that moved all over the Eastern US, a social work student seeking justice;  a business woman in the Information Technology field, an entrepreneur; her Judaic spiritual sense of the world, a mother, a social advocate, researcher, an author and a publisher.

Since 2003 Liora has provided business and product development consulting services.  Her primarily focus has been on a fusion of technology and psychological support services that help to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; in all, five different projects or products were developed.  Ongoing research and development is directed more specifically through digital forensics training for attorneys, the judiciary and police academies since she began publishing “The Electronic Advantage” series with editor/co-author, Mindy Nemoff.  The first book and its companion curriculum, “Understanding Technological Evidence for Legal Professionals: 101 the Basics” was published in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Liora’s work in supporting the needs of people with PTSD slowly evolved from medical support products to legal support product development projects between 2005 and 2013. The emphasis is upon helping legal professionals understand the technical basics of digital forensic evidence which is increasingly presented in court proceedings.  Through her project TechnologicalEvidence.com, she blended her strategic marketing and product development business to her intensive research of federal, state and local government policy and funding.  Demonstrating how examining the interior world of litigants and defendants is reflected in their electronic behavior, her projects are helping victims of violence or corruption, effectively present their evidence to the courts or to the world through what they publish.

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

When my first business and marriage failed, I founded Legacy Strategic Development, in order to develop different types of businesses and services that would spread out the risk of having too many eggs in one basket.  I want to be able to create a “Legacy” of success for the people I love so much in this world.  I am working on developing outlets for different types of businesses; my primary focusing being towards justice and safety because I felt I lost custody of my children to my first husband in a circle of circumstances that I believe were unjust.  My second husband is working towards developing his own line of guitars, and I often support his efforts.  We have many publishing projects through Legacy Strategic Development, as well as jewelry and Judaic projects.   I’ve been writing for eForensics Magazine, which was a first for me.  For the future, I hope my children will be interested in these different opportunities and that these businesses will have a future through them.  I hope that they are successful and provide for them financially as well as for my husband and myself.  I am hopeful that our work will help many other people, in a wide variety of ways.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I have been lucky to have very good friends who encourage me, as does the people within my spiritual circle, like my Rabbi does as well as my business partner Dr. Allen Rosenthal who sadly passed away last December.  But most of all my husband Louis encourages me.  He supports me, loves me and pushes me to be willing to face and overcome difficulties, hard realities, and to be strong enough to accept those challenges.  He makes me feel protected and safe and that gives me the foundation to build what I need for the two of us in the future.  He’s family to me, in a way no one else in my life wanted or was willing to be. I am encouraged and inspired by the hope that my children and I will someday have the kind of freedom to just “be” without all the conflict and drama that existed when they were little.

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

Perseverance, tenacity, creativity, traditional values about customer service, a quick mind and a big heart; those are traits that make it possible for me to be successful.  But in addition to these resources, I have a broad knowledge base about creating and running businesses.  I know how to find vendors and supplies for that business, and how to strategically position it to be successful.  I have an ability to dissect situations in a certain way and then regroup the strengths through a new point of view; then we present the elements of those issues and “break them down” in bite sized pieces of information to redirect the focus of our audience – whether they are in court or in the market place.  So, if I am helping an attorney explain to the court the effects of a technology, forensic research, or of a disability in a particular case – I do it in a way that helps them have compassion for our clients.  If someone wants to build their own business then that same analysis is just applied to a commercial end.  It allows me to have an underlying expertise that supports a seeming endless number of topics or concepts.

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

It’s taken a lot of patience to see how my businesses were going to take shape and the kind of potential that would be there.  I was “ready” when I started my first business in 1991, but over time I realized that “I” am not my business, my businesses and projects are more like my children.  They each have their own objectives, needs and goals, and their own formulas to thrive.

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

That’s a hard question to answer because each project has an Individual standing behind it.  I have always wanted my husband, Louis Farkovitz’s work to be appreciated because he’s an amazing artist and he deserves to be celebrated in his own right.  His passion for the last five years has been applying his skill as a master goldsmith and jeweler to the surface of electric guitars – they are gorgeous and one of a kind works of art.  I love seeing his happiness when all goes well.  This theme extends to the authors I publish or narrate for, to be able to share their stories, ideas, or teachings with other people.  I love helping people achieve their goals.   Likewise, I want the parents that benefit from the legal advocacy I do to benefit by being able to overcome the difficulties they face and become better parents.  I want their children to be safer in this world.

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

On the worst days and there are horrible days where I want to hide under a pile of pillows – someone reaches out and has a need that I somehow seem to be custom made to respond to.   Injustice, corruption, or cruelty, dishonesty on an individual level really frustrate me and occasionally I see that kind of thing in a very intimate way.  Increasingly I find that I can be more effective by responding in a systemic way.  But when someone is advocating for a child, or a victim, or the disabled, I seem unable to say “No” to someone that really needs help.  Over the last year, I have begun to apply much more balance to my charitable versus my business life.   My desire to make a positive difference and the renewed belief that I can make a difference – replaces whatever doubt I have had. Sometimes the “C” is capital.  I get frustrated at meager financial resources at times, but, sometimes it forces us to be very Creative so that we can Continue.

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

I thought about writing a book once and calling it “Ass Kicking Business Advice” because we all learn from our mistakes.  While I was considering it I realized something else; that for all of us there are probably a finite number of ways to succeed.  So, each time you eliminate one that won’t work – you’re actually closer to your success – not further away. Statistically, that’s the way it works.

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

At one point in my career I had a tremendous failure.  I lost a business, my family, all of my belongings, and it was excruciating.  I didn’t have many other people to look to in order to figure out what to do next.  You triumph over disappointments by choosing to take the things that were meant to be bad, or even evil, and transforming them into instruments for good.  Every challenge we face can be used for good, often in surprising ways.  I learned that from my faith and a man known as The Kelever Rebbe; and through an author named Gregg Braden who taught “The Gift of the Blessing” on a CD he recorded.

Visit Liora Farkovitz for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Yoga Expert Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

February 25, 2013

AcharyaYogaEncouragement 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 Acharya Sri Khadi Madama who is a veteran speaker, workshop leader and special retreat host of 40 years.  Visionary, celebrity and author, she has a lot to share on a variety of subjects.  She is among the prestigious speakers listed with MPI (Meeting Planners International) and has bridged several speaking genres from motivational, spiritual, wellness, stress management and, of course, on the subject of Yoga.

Because of her versatility as a speaker, she has spoken to Realtors, health care professionals, at beauty trade shows, expos, museums, radio, college campuses, corporations and TV.

D  is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you  achieved?

My dream is to be able to start a non-profit organization in order to create a safe community for homeless women and children living in India by  creating a “pod project” of small bungalows created out of modified storage pods  that are self sufficient ie, solar panel to heat water, rooftop gardens. They  would be in safe gated communities with a large common house in the center for a  community kitchen and baths. The pods, although tiny would provide shelter. The  common house would also offer classes in reading, writing, and other Artisan crafts to help make the women independent.

In 2009, I received the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India Award) from the NRI Welfare Society, an esteemed organization that works very closely with the Indian Government. As far as I know, I am the only non-Indian origin person to  have received this award, which is usually reserved for NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) living abroad who help to sustain Indian culture around the globe. It  has been my dream to use my award status to gain visibility and credibility to  start the pod project.

E  is for Encourage. What encourages you?

This is a very difficult question because there is not one answer. I just seem to have this continuous flow of imagination that doesn’t seem to have a  limit. I am a prolific writer in several genres and a lot of creative energy. I  also have a passion for trying to make the world a better place. I’m blessed  with not needing others to encourage me. I’m usually the one encouraging them.

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

My imagination; accountability; follow throw; positive attitude; good time management and I know how to take care of myself as well as know when it’s time  to rest until my battery is recharged. I’m also good at saying no, when it needs  to be said.

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

Ideas incubate pretty quickly for me. As a writer, once I get an idea, I just start to write. I never have writer’s block and I never run out of ideas or  concepts. As for the pod project, it has been a very long running idea that I am  still not sure of how to bring to fruition, but having friends now retiring to  India, where I’ll be able to spend time, will make it a lot easier.

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

James Redfield. Author of the Celestine Prophecy. James is a true visionary of our times. He runs the Global Prayer Project for twice monthly  prayer/visualization and they are wonderful. Although I am a bit of a visionary myself, I rely on others to illuminate my own path.

Sarah Ban Breathnach. Author of Simple Abundance; Peace and Plenty; Something More, Moving On and more. Sarah is another visionary but probably doesn’t realize just how much of one she is.

The above two authors are my faves. I will read anything they write over and over again.

Chellie Campbell.  Author and financial stress relief visionary of The Wealthy Spirit. Her inspirational message is a salve for the challenging shifts  in the economy. Chellie is fabulous and friendly. This New York Best Seller List  author answers her own phone!!! She is truly inspiring.

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

I am an avid martial artist with 4 black belts, in 4 halls of fame and an author on the subject as well. as a warrior, I do not ever back down. when I  feel like I’ve gone 5 rounds with Tyson, I let myself crawl into bed with some  camomile tea and honey, darken the room, light a candle; maybe do a crossword  puzzle to reset my brain, let myself doze off and when I awaken, I’m ready to  get back up and start over again until I find the right solution. I also ask for  Divine Guidance.

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

Be VERY organized. Even the little things count. When the day doesn’t go right–you can’t get a hold of anyone, the mail is slow, no one is returning  phone calls—organize your desk, your files, your to do list. Pay attention to  small details. Freshen your office. This shifts the energy. Do some  affirmations, take a walk in the garden. do martial arts, yoga. Do something completely opposite to create an energetic pendulum effect. Call someone up and  ask what you can do for them? Remember: Tomorrow is another day; Look at things  differently and find another way.

Visit Acharya  Sri Khadi Madama for more information