DERRICK Interview with Motivational Speaker and Author Jonathan Rivers

February 12, 2018

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 Jonathan Rivers who has as a BS in Marketing from Auburn University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Rivers is married to his wife Erica and they have four children; Kingston, Ezra Adah and Titus. He is also an author, motivational speaker, professional development consultant and youth coach and mentor.

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

My dream is to travel around the world with the purpose of transforming mindsets through speaking, encouraging and enlightening. I plan to create a program that sends young men and women to leadership camps to build their acumen and leadership skills, which they will bring back to the community and share with their peers.

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

I have my BS in Marketing from Auburn University and my MBA from the University of Phoenix. I consistently speak about the principles I learned in college such as the product life cycle and human capital. I also discuss my experiences of discovering my purpose, overcoming adversity and building relationships.

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

I consider myself unique because of my versatility. I am a powerful and passionate storyteller with knowledge and experience because of my background as a former collegiate athlete, high school educator, motivational speaker and believer in Christ.

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

I realized I was ready to run my own speaking and consulting business when I was laid off from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I applied for at least 40 jobs and got told no every single time. I then knew I wasn’t being told no to anyone’s organization; I was being told yes to my purpose!

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

Darren Palmer is my publisher, one of my mentors and a driven individual. He is the owner of his own self publishing company (selfpublish-N-30days) and he has helped me step into a new level of greatness. His vision and preciseness regarding his professional direction is inspiring and beneficial to anyone.

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

I was abandoned by my father at birth and raised by a single mother. I was sexually abused as a child and involved in multiple life threatening car accidents. There was a time I only had $30 in my checking account but I did not allow those circumstances to make me a victim because I chose to allow them to make me a victor.

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

1. Do not compere yourself to anyone else! God made each of us in his mold, but unique in our own way. Everyone has a purpose and it is not predicated on being just like the next person. Work to be better than you were yesterday, rather than being better than someone else.

2. Be intentional about everything in your life! Too many people live life on cruise control with a laissez faire attitude because they don’t care what may transpire. If you don’t intentionally create your road to success, you are creating your road to mediocrity.

3. Learn, Learn, Learn! Continue to research what it is that you want to pursue in life. Do not allow the opportunity to learn be stripped because of arrogance or your perception of a specific source. Life is a teaching tool and it needs to be observed.

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DERRICK Interview with Professor Deane Waldman

December 18, 2012

ProfessorDeaneEncouragement 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 Professor Deane Waldman. Deane has authored over 100 academic publications and more than 200 lay articles and blogs on both the practice of medicine and on healthcare strategy. He has been Chief of Section at San Diego Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, and University of New Mexico, as well as a practicing pediatric cardiologist for over 35 years.

Dream = My dream is a functional (cured) healthcare system, one that works for all three “P’s”: individual patients; providers; and the populace (what I call We The Patients). I saw a 6 yr old child today who was born with a congenital heart condition that used to be fatal. We fixed him (operated) when he was 2 days old and now he is normal, not improved, tweaked, reformed or better: he is normal as in cured. That is what I want for sick healthcare.

Encourage = What encourages me? Watching all those nurses, doctors, allied personnel, maintenance hospital staff, etc. who get up every morning thinking about how they can make someone else better today.

Resource = The larger resource I bring is my perspective being an old, experienced MD with extensive management and strategy knowledge (MBA) using systems thinking to “practice good medicine on healthcare.” The more specific resources are my books and articles as well as speaking, mostly on radio.

Ready = Before I got my MBA and began to use systems thinking, I knew healthcare was sick but did not understand a) why, and b) what to do to cure it. After I got my MBA and did research on healthcare, I “realized” what needed to be done.

Individual = The individual I frequently refer to is Dr. Joel Brenner. He proved (scientifically) that the best way to reduce costs in healthcare was to spend WHATEVER IT TOOK to make patients well. In other words, long-term, cheaper and better go together.

Continue = What keeps me going when our government is making healthcare sicker, not better, is (again) my colleagues in curing: the nurses, doctors, social workers, physical therapists, etc.

Key = The key is to use the four principles of good medical practice, not only on sick humans, but also on sick healthcare.

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Words Of Encouragement for Life Coaches

May 2, 2012

by Oshana  Himot

At times people change after we have completed our work with them  We may never know the positive influence of our work. We can see the results of our work with those who do the work conscientiously when we work with them.  We may not see the results with those who do the work after we have completed our work with them.

Encouraging every client to live according to their highest potential is truly a worthwhile endeavor.  Think of the people who believed in us, during a trying time in our life…. The work of a life coach is timely in a world that is changing quickly and one in which these changes can overwhelm people.  We have the opportunity to give the support that enables people to go forward, without fear and with confidence in themselves.

Oshana Himot Consulting

1299 So. Main St. #110

Yreka, California  96097 USA


I am an author, business and life coach and Certified Hypnotherapist. I work with groups and individuals to assist them to achieve greater joy and success in their life and work.  I have written a book about joy and now have a Joy and Success Product Line.

Positive Actions

December 7, 2008

Through networking online with Lady Bug Marketing Consultants I was able to meet Rosemaire I. Strawn and her comapny is called Positive Actions. More information can be found out about Lady Bug Marketing at 


Rosemarie I. Strawn, MBA

Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Public Speaking Coach

Rosemarie I. Strawn, MBA, Owner of Positive Actions (, motivates teams to increase productivity, teamwork and communications with each other and their customers through results-oriented, customized and cost-effective Training Seminars and Motivational Speeches. Some training seminars are Public Speaking, Time Management and Stress Management. She is a Dynamic and Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer with over 15 years experience in Team Productivity Improvement. She has integrated her strong Managerial and Technical expertise to develop comprehensive training solutions. Ms. Strawn provides Public Speaking Coaching to increase sales and customer satisfaction.


“Thank you for your wonderful seminar on Public Speaking. My group of trainers as well as myself learned so much from the exercises. We all felt empowered and more confident in our trainingcapabilities.” – L. Rones, Nordstrom Regional Director


Ms. Strawn received a Special Recognition Award from The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce for her ongoing value-added service – “For outstanding contributions to the betterment of the business community in Central New Jersey.” Positive Actions was featured as MPB Network’s Business of the Week at Also, Ms. Strawn was featured in U.S. 1 newspapers “Rising on the Wings Of a Positive Attitude” at She has been a Keynote Speaker in the New Jersey State House. Ms. Strawn’s articles on Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Time Management, Work/Life Balance, Stress Management and other topics on boosting team productivity and morale have been

published in several business journals and online publications. She is known as the “Productivity-Morale Booster.”


Ms. Strawn has been interviewed on TV, talk radio shows and by several journalists for her expertise in improving team productivity and morale, including The Valder Beebe Radio Talk Show, WCTC Business Radio Host Ralph Saviano “Your Money and You – Goal Setting,” Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith TV show on

“How to Increase Productivity and Teamwork Using Motivational Speaking” and Cablevision Business Education TV “Stress Management for Peak Performance”. She has been a National Panelist for Work/Life Balance forums. Ms. Strawn has moderated several distinguished panels at major events, including New

Jersey Association for Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) State Conference Media panel “Boost Your Marketing with Free Press and Publicity,” University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Annual Procurement panel “New Challenges Facing Entrepreneur Women” and NJAWBO Public Relations

and Media panel “Proactive Public Relations”. Ms. Strawn is a Past State President of New Jersey Association for Women Business Owners, NJAWBO.

Ms. Strawn is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology and has her MBA from St. Peter’s College. She has also completed PhD Studies (ABD) from Steven’s Institute of Technology. Rosemarie enjoys water sports, running, swimming, tennis and dancing. She is happily married to Mark Strawn who is her biggest encourager and supporter for her business, Positive Actions, “Energy and positiveness are contagious. …better than a good cup of coffee in the morning


76 Park Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 Tel: 732.394.0406 Fax: 732.463.5905 View a 5-min “Public Speaking” video, Subscribe for Ezine, Complete Survey & get 10% off “Thank you for your wonderful seminar on Public Speaking. My group of trainers as well as myself learned so much from the exercises. We all felt empowered and more confident in our training capabilities.” – L. Rones, Nordstrom Regional Director © 2001-2008 Positive Actions. All Rights Reserved.