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 or email or call (706) 615-1662

The DAILY Message for Thursday July 10th, 2014

July 10, 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: Is Change On Your MIND (Move In New Directions)?
  • App: Today’s word is Blemish. Miami Dolphins and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. are the only team and individual in sports without a loss. Work daily to keep from losing again. Receive Today’s word in Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.
  • Idea: Take a deep breath before you dig deep.

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 Teen Motivational Speaker Alyssa Sullivan

November 29, 2012

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 Teen Motivational Speaker Alyssa Sullivan who was born on April 14, 1999 in Bloomington, IL and since then has not stopped talking. When she was little she would always put plays on for her parents that would keep them interested as long as her heart desired. All in all Alyssa is just a teenage girl that’s trying to figure out life, by pursuing her dreams, and believing in happy endings.

D is for Dream.

My dream is to become a writer, Motivational speaker/preacher and builder of a foundation that is a world changer.  I’ve started writing stories, motivating people, preaching to my family, trying to help people, and changing the world by simply being me. I’ve achieve by starting.

E is for Encouragement.

I get encouraged when I see people that need help. It encourages me because when I see people out there with no hope it makes me realize how much words can help. How much I can empower people with just a slip of the tongue.

R is for Resource.

A resource that I have that makes me stand out from the rest is my passion. I have this passion that I cannot put into words to help others. It’s something that’s deep inside of me that can’t wait to come out. It’s this indescribable desire to change the world. To make a difference.

R is for Ready.

I realized I was ready when I watched this guy on YouTube talk about how to become a motivational speaker. And I thought to myself ” that will be me!”  I still believe it will! I have this confidence when I speak. The confidence that I can change all these problems in the world. And I believe confidence is half the battle. Cause when you have confidence in yourself no one can tear you down.

I is for Individual.

I feel everyone should know about the individual Martin Luther King Jr. because he changed the world so drastically and for that I am forever grateful. However there is this other man named Nick Vujici. He is a motivational speaker born with no legs and arms and he is the most influential person out there. He talks about how he’s still happy, how he’s still living his life with no regrets. Which makes me feel so grateful for what I have and what I don’t have. Because what I don’t have is more important than what I do.

C is for Continue.

When I fail I pray because I know God will be with me through all my sin. I pray to him because I know he will give me the strength to continue. And he will never give up on me. He will support me in whatever I do. He will be there through the thick and thin. God is my savior, my healer, my protector, and my reason to CONTINUE!

K is for Keys.

The keys to success that I leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders are: 1.) Stay positive: Life isn’t easy but it’s worth it! 2.) Stay strong: Don’t let people discourage you from your dreams!! 3.) Stay young: Never grow up, stay a kid, life is easier that way 4.) Stay yourself: No one can be as unique as you because no one will ever be you!!!!!!!

Visit Alyssa Sullivan for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

September 3, 2012

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, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and this opportunity was made possible with the help of the TransMedia Group. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. called to interview with me right before he was about to go in and meet with Russell Simmons. Now that is something awesome to interview with Uncle Derrick and then go right in and meet with Uncle Rush

Dr. Chavis is the President, CEO and Co-Founder with Russell Simmons, of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.

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

My dream is similar to the one that Martin Luther King, Jr. had and that is to have total equality and equal justice for all. We still have a long way to go where one day every human being will be treated just and fair with an opportunity for economic empowerment.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I get encouraged when I receive knowledge from  studying the history of African people. My civil rights background is over 50 years and the struggle for freedom and economic empowerment inspires me especially when young people can go into business and be successful.

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

I’m a committee organizer and knowing how to mobilize one’s community is a great resource. I know how to mentor, lead, and develop the skills in others that will push them to success. 

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

Everyday I realize I’m ready. Readiness is a process of  being educated and prepared. Being an optimist puts me in position to respond to what comes in my direction

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

Patrice Motsepe  and the reason is that he became the first Black Billionaire in South Africa. In 1994 Patrice Motsepe started African Rainbow Minerals which now is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company, with world-class long-life, low-cost assets.

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

One of my favorite sayings is a Portuguese slogan A luta continua  which means “the struggle continues.”  I know the struggle continues so I must keep moving the dream forward. Life moves on and it is up to us in how it moves on.

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

1. Make sure educaton is your foundaton 2. Stay focused on your success 3. Understand the importance of math and science and how they can help you maximize your education and entrepreneurial development 4. Always learn from other succeess stories

Anything else that you would like to add that has not been mentioned already?

Currently I’m the Company Spokesperson for Energy Edge Solutions that is publicly traded with the  stock symbol EEDG. More people should have their own companies that one day are taken public. Brother Hayes I would like to thank you for interviewing me and I wish you well on all of your success.

Thank you Dr. Chavis  for allowing me to DERRICK Interview you and since you are about to meet with Russell Simmons challenge Uncle Rush to get his own DERRICK Interview.

Visit Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. for more information.

Lessons From LAFAYETTE: 9 Things I Learned From My Best Friend

January 18, 2012

A few days ago I was going through a box of collectibles and I found a plaque that was given to me for a college graduation present. The plaque reads “Future Businessman Of the Year”.

Most gifts I received after walking across the stage have disappeared. I started to think about my childhood and the one who gave me this gift. When I was in 2nd grade I met a 3rd grader named Junior Mosley. As adults he wants to be referred to by his birth name Lafayette.

We grew up on different streets, went to different schools, and even played on different Little League teams yet time would turn us into the best of friends.

If you asked him he may say that he has learned a lot from me but the truth has to be told and through his name LAFAYETTE I give you 9 Things That I Learned From My Best Friend.

L is for Loyalty. When Lafayette was in college he had a choice that I never had to make. He could stay in school and see his family struggle or quit school and find a job to help provide. None of his relatives asked him to go to work but the man inside him allowed him to clock out of school and clock in for an employer.

A is for Aim. Lafayette always had one goal in mind and that was to be the best. Not being tall with a lot of weight he made up for his lack of size with fierce determination. When I write I’m just like my friend in that I aim to please with my best work.

F is for Flavor. I hear kids these days talk about swag. Lafayette was the one who I first saw on the football field with a matching towel set, not Deion Sanders. Lafayette was ahead of the game and demanded attention with his walk and his talk.

A is for Align. I learned early on that people love winners. Lafayette was super successful in elementary, middle and high School in sports. When girls from other schools knew that he was Batman and I was Robin it made my work easy. Second place was cool as long as my friend came in first.

Y is for Youth. As a youth Lafayette father passed away. I did not know how to react. When my mother passed away Lafayette complimented me on how well I handled things. As an adult I just did what I saw as a youth.

E is for Expectation. If you played ball with Lafayette you expected to win.  If you went to dances you expected girls to like you. Now when I write I expect someone to not only be inspired but for their life to be transformed.

T is for Team. As a Jr. in high school I was a member of a state qualifying relay team. Lafayette was one of th efastest and he took one for th eteam by insisting that he would run the first leg to get us off to a good start. Lafayette gave me an example of how team work can make your dream work.

T is Teach. My brothers were 6 and 9 years older than me and it was not possible for my father to be around me all of the time. Lafayette was my mentor. It’s one thing to succeed and win but it’s everything to learn the process. Being with Lafayette gave me fish but learning from him taught me how to fish.

E is Eye. Lafayette was a mover and shaker. On the field he faked many out and left them laying. He had great vision and could cut back with the best of them. The way he played taught me how to see where I wanted to go so that the path would open before my eyes.  One amazing thing he did with his hands and eyes was catch flies.  I now look for and see things in words that I have never seen before.

Go say hello to my great friend Lafayette Mosley.

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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10 Things That Make MAYWEATHER Promotions The Past, Present and Future in Sports and Entertainment

January 4, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In my lifetime I have been super excited about 3 welterweight boxers. Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  My love for boxing started in 1976 when I saw Sugar Ray stand on the podium and accept his Gold Medal for the U.S. Olympic Boxing team. After the 1984 Olympic Games I started to follow the career of Sweet Pea Pernell Whitaker. Now unless you have been hidden under a rock for the last 15 years the one thing that the boxing industry knows is that “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.”

Whether you love or hate him through his name MAYWEATHER I’m here to cement his legacy of greatness with 10 reasons why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a Mega Star.

M is for Mouth. Not since Muhammad Ali has the world seen a boxer with as much mouth as Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ali went toe to toe with Howard Cosell and Floyd generates buzz by giving it right to the ears of Brian Kenny. Life and death of your success are in the power of your tongue.

A is for Action. With free speech you can say anything but can you back it up? Floyd walks what he talks each and every time he enters and exits the ring. He has been the best pound for pound champion for over 15 years.

Y is for Yearn. In recent months Floyd has renewed his passion for the boxing game. With a great performance against Victor Ortiz the world took notice on the great things that are in store. Even on bad days you have to want it more than the next guy.

W is for Work. The work outs that Floyd does are second to none. He walks around close to his fighting  weight and only has to lose 3 pounds to be ready for his fights. On fight night he only gains a few pounds while other fighters gain 10 to 20 pounds that tends to wear them down in later rounds.

E is for Extracurricular. No other fighter since Sugar Ray Leonard has captured the imagination of the public. Floyd is versatile and is marketed well to the mainstream. In between fights you have seen him on WrestleMania, Dancing With The Stars, and on various commercials. Floyd even connects well with Dog lovers as he has a video with man’s best friend Izzy Balling.

A is for Attitude. When you hear Floyd speak he does not lack for confidence. He loves to say “If I don’t believe in myself who will, and God doesn’t make mistakes” In the hurt business you have to have the attitude that you can win no matter what comes your way.

T is for Teamwork. Floyd Mayweather always humbly thanks his team. On HBO’s 24/7 when he hits the speed bag he says “Hard work” and the team immediately responds by saying “Dedication”. After the Victor Ortiz fight Floyd took time out during the post fight press conference to bring his team on stage to thank each and everyone of them.

H is for Haters. When you’re undefeated you will have people that love you and others that hate you. Floyd’s popularity rose even more when Larry Merchant challenged him by saying “if I was 50 years younger I would kick your ass”. Fans get caught up in the emotions of boxing. First it was DeLaHoyaHatton  and now it is Manny Pacquiao that is supposed to be better than Floyd. One of Floyd’s secret fans that hates on him the most is Skip Bayless.

E is for Empowerment. One thing Floyd makes sure of is that he gives back to the Las Vegas community through his FMJ Foundation. The FMJ Foundation was founded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 to empower and encourage community alliances, impact youth leadership and strengthens family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism and education resulting in a healthier community.

R is for Relevant. The Klitschko’s are dominating the Heavyweight Division but they are still not pay per view fighters. Floyd fan base is so great that they have changed it from Pay Per View to May Per View.  According to ESPN Mayweather’s blockbuster pay-per-view 2007 fight with De La Hoya produced  an all-time pay-per-view record 2.45 million buys with revenue of $136,853,700.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has a big Mouth but backs it up with great Action. He Yearns to out Work every opponent. The Extracurricular activities never change  his Attitude of believing in himself and his Team. Haters will always be in the picture even when he Empowers the community and keeps the sport of Boxing Relevant.

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.