The Derrick Hayes SUMMER Challenge

July 10, 2015

EmceeOnce I came up with the idea for the SUMMER Challenge I thought people would come and share their life through it. Not one person was in a hurry to Get published, Get noticed, Inspire others and Change lives. 

I can’t blame anyone but myself because if you ask someone to do something you should do it first or do it with them. Here is my SUMMER Challenge and when you do yours it can be turned into a Bio, Article, Speech, Book or Documentary.

S is for Story. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Derrick Hayes also known as The Encouragement Speaker and I write and speak to encourage others to use their gifts so that they can position themselves to be able to build relationships effectively. 

U is for Unique. What is different about you?

One of the things that is unique about me is that I have a gift to turn names into positive messages right before your eyes that I call Derricknyms.

M is for Mountain. What obstacles have you had to overcome?

One obstacle that recently overcame and work on daily is to keep my cholesterol and weight down.

M is for Momentum. What did you do to overcome the obstacles?

After asking God about my diet it was revealed to me that I should stop eating meat. I followed those instructions and I have only had meat a few times since 2013.

E is for Encouragement. How do you encourage others on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I encourage others with The DAILY Message that includes a Derricknym and through Motivation To Your Mobile an app that you can download for free on Android and iPhones.

R is for Reason. Why are you here on earth?

I feel like I’m on earth to show at least one person that you can make and that they should never ever count you out. 

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.

Take The SUMMER Challenge

May 12, 2015

SUMMERChallengeDerrick Hayes is never selfish with his success and uses his network to BUILD relationships with others by providing them with guest blogging opportunities, publicity with DERRICK Interviews, recognition on his blog Today’s Honoree and motivation with The DAILY Message and the Android and iPhones app Motivation To Your Mobile.

Hayes wants to give others a chance to see their talents develop and come to life by asking them to Take The SUMMER Challenge. You never know what idea can ignite when you begin to write. The SUMMER Challenge is designed to provide a fun platform to get more people reading, writing and sharing their stories that will inspire, motivate and uplift others to live their dreams.

Through the word SUMMER each person will answer 6 questions and at the end they can also add their social media links so that others can network with them.  

S is for Story. Who are you and what do you do?

U is for Unique. What is different about you?

M is for Mountain. What obstacles have you had to overcome?

M is for Momentum. What did you do to overcome the obstacles?

E is for Encouragement. How do you encourage others on a daily basis?

R is for Reason. Why are you here on earth?

After you take The SUMMER Challenge they will be published on from now until the end of the SUMMER of 2015. Take The SUMMER Challenge and email all information to Derrick Hayes at

What can happen after you take The SUMMER Challenge?

1. Get published

2. Get noticed

3. Inspire others

4. Change lives

What can you turn your SUMMER Challenge into?

1. Bio

2. Article

3. Speech

4. Book or Documentary

Please share and go to for more information.

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 Thursday January 23rd, 2014

January 23, 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: We All Need PRAISE (Person Receiving Appreciation for Improving Situations Everyday).
  • App: Today’s word is Together. Personally I have never met anyone successful that did it by themselves. Look to see who you can get together with to build dreams. Receive Today’s word in Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android and i-phones.
  • Idea: Go tell it to your mountain.

Please visit Derrick’s website at and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to  or call (706) 615-1662.

DERRICK Interview with Amusement Entrepreneur Maxwell Ivey

June 7, 2013

MaxwellIvyEncouragement 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 Maxwell Ivey a third generation carnival owner now making my living selling new and used amusement, concession, and confection equipment worldwide.  Listings include detailed descriptions, multiple full-sized photos, slide shows, videos, and walk throughs.  And I also happen to be blind.

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

I want to be the respected leader in my industry.  I would like to eventually be the first person people think of when they have amusement equipment to sell or that they want to know the value of.  I also want to eventually start a YouTube TV show focusing on industry leaders, places of interest, equipment manufacturers, and equipment for sale on the site.  Last year I had my highest gross sales so far, and I currently have a sale pending for a park model double decker carousel that when it closes would make this year better than last with 2013 being less than half over.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?  

I receive encouragement from friends and family.  I also feel encouraged when I can and have helped people sell items in a short period of time like I did earlier this year on a small set of bumper cars and a coffee kiosk.  It is also very heartening when i can sell an item that other companies have been working on for several months prior to my getting involved.  That was the case last spring when i sold a different park carousel for a mall in Georgia.  Another thing that encourages me are the people i hang out with every Friday on the Brian the hammer Jackson radio show where I have become a regular on his small business Friday shows.

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

I think the best thing I offer clients that they don’t get from more established brokers in the industry is my use of the internet in general and social media specifically.  I have a large network of contact on linked in and Facebook, and I am starting to get a following on twitter.  I just started using Pinterest,  and I’ve long be using Dig, Delicious, Stumble Upon, Referral Key, etc to promote people’s items.  I also have an expansive email mailing list due to my practice of requiring email subscription in exchange for having text links on my website.  I have a blog, and I am always looking  for new places to syndicate it.  The main thing is I am always looking for new markets.  I recently started reaching out to pumpkin patch and other Agri tourism business owners.

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

To be honest I didn’t make this choice, it was made for me.  In a small family business like the carnival we used to have, we could only buy newer rides, games, food trailers by selling the older ones.  I used to help my dad with this job.  After his early death to lung cancer, I realized that I would eventually need a different career.  So, I helped other relatives sell their surplus items.  But I had a couple of kids games I was still working on my Uncle’s carnival.  So, I continued to work on the website part time.  My cousin decided to set up a duplicate of my best game, and eventually he drove me out of the business.  Happily, he did me a favor.  Five and a half years ago I finally decided to work full time at selling equipment on a commission basis.  I filed for a website and got started recruiting clients.  Since then this has become my passion the last thing i think about before falling asleep at night and the reason i get up in the morning.

I is for individual. Name one Individual that we should learn more about and why?

One of them is Pattie Moore.  When I met her she was primarily the maker of custom themed change aprons.  At that time I had a domain name but no website.  She graciously added a page to her website and would post my equipment listings on there for me.  Since then she has learned jewelry design and wood working and is a very talented Jill of all trades.  She doesn’t have a website now, but she is still a great friend of mine and of the website.  She is one of my most trusted friends and a great sounding board for those tough decisions.  She will also make calls, send emails, hand out cards, and anything else she can think of to help me succeed.

C is for Continue. What makes you want to Continue when things don’t look optimistic?

The simplest answer is I don’t know for sure what I would do next.  I can’t think of anything I really want to do.  And it seams I am getting closer to success every day.  I’ve been out here longer than a lot of business owners starting their own company.  I have had help financially and otherwise from friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues.  I have a crazy dog Penny who makes me smile and laugh a lot.  I read inspirational authors and try to avoid negative TV programs.  And I absolutely will not listen to talk radio.  And while I need to do it more often, prayer and meditation help too.  I used to help with the booking for our family’s small carnival.  When you do that year in and year out, you get used to being told no.  You learn its not the worst thing that can happen.  And you learn that the next call or email could say yes.

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

Give every customer or client your very best.  And don’t just give them your best effort, but  go about your work with a passion and a positive attitude.  Conduct yourself with honesty, integrity, and fairness.  If you don’t know something then admit it and promise to find out.  If you can’t perform a service, then don’t offer it.  Often the most difficult thing to do and one of your most important jobs as the owner is to say no.  I often have to turn down projects because they want someone who can arrange for and oversee the transportation and installation of the equipment on their site.  Other times I have to pass because they need someone who can accept payments for them or who can finance the sale.  And occasionally I even have to say no because the owner of a large block of rides, games, food equipment, etc thinks I should take a smaller commission because of the size of the project.  And then sadly there are the occasional time wasters who you finally have to just tell that you can no longer work with them.  Another thing I highly recommend is learning to celebrate your victories no matter how small.  I’m not saying throw a party or have a parade for every achievement, but take a few minutes and reflect on the accomplishment.  Share it in your blog or on social media.  Call your best friend and brag a little.   And lastly, don’t be afraid to fail.  We often learn our best lessons from failure.

Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

I want to thank you for this opportunity.  Before now I didn’t mention much about being a blind entrepreneur.   Part of that is because most of the time I just don’t think about it.  There are times that it can be frustrating especially when some piece of technology or a new software program is beyond my access.  And I don’t mind it when people say I’m an inspiration.  We all need inspiration.  One of mine is Erik Weihenmayer the climber of all seven summits who happens to be blind.  I do have to work harder sometimes.  I just do the best I can every day the same as most everyone who will be reading this interview.  I am looking forward to the time when my site will generate enough regular income to hire a driver, a webmaster, and even a social media expert.  Everyone has to have a dream.  I’m probably not dreaming big enough.  For now, I’ll be happy to make a good living, support my family, and invest in the future.  And oh yes I would really love it if I became well enough known that I don’t have to start every conversation, phone call, or email with I’m Max Ivey and I’m an amusement equipment reseller.  I hope you will connect with me on social media or sign up to follow my progress through my blog.  Thanks so much.

Visit Maxwell Ivey Jr. for more information.

Today’s word is Mountain

July 5, 2012

Some will stay in the valley low and others will climb to the top. One time in your life accept the greatness inside and rise up so you can say hello to your peak.

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes inspired Motivation Your Mobile to bring an original quote daily to Android and I Phone users.

There’s More In STORE For You – Poem

January 26, 2012

Copyright 2011 © by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

I thought when I reached the mountain top

My dream would complete and suddenly stop

Even when I was called to the valley low

My passion spoke up with no no no

Opportunities get rushed

Dreams get crushed

People get flushed

Enough is enough

Think about what you say before you say

Do what’s right in order to make pay

Help others along the way

Even the ones that will not stay

Did deep with boots and shovel

Get ready to reach the next level

When it’s all said and done

Your arm will be raised and they’ll say you won

Never forget………….There’s More In STORE For You.

Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Developer of the app Motivation To Your Mobile, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker.