TIP Tuesday

May 2, 2017
Welcome to TIP (To Increase Possibilities) Tuesday where I give you a nugget that can help you build a gold mine.
Use your blog or social media to feature others in and outside of your network and industry.
A few years ago I was asked to do PR for a great friend and it was put in my spirit to start a blog called Today’s Honoree where other people would nominate other people. Today’s Honoree at http://www.TodaysHonoree.com has now featured over 1,000 people and it gives each person that is featured the power to pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition.
Here are the basic resources you need to give back to others.
1. Picture.
2. Bio or resource box.
3. Website or blog
4. Social media links
When you give up space to promote another face it will organically take your dream to an incredible unknown place. The unknown can take you from working for someone to working on your own.
Stop looking at others like they are a funny creature but look inside them and see how to tell their story with a feature.
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#Derrick Hayes at www.DerrickHayes.com is an #Author and #MotivationalSpeaker for #Teams
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The DAILY Message for Tuesday February 16th, 2016

February 15, 2016

“Don’t stop your dance until you make it to FRANCE (Find Reasons to Always Network and Continue Efforts).”

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.


Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015

December 31, 2014

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Copyright © 2015 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Did 2014 workout the way you wanted it to? In 2015 many people will come up with New Years Resolutions without a plan in place to get things done. The thought of struggling year after year chasing dream after dream should make you want to scream.

The next time you scream start putting passion and purpose into your dream so that you can see and hear the possibilities in your future. Scream like never before so that the noise this time helps your message become heard and that it is loud and effective enough that you could be also be found in a crowded room.

When a baby exits the Mother’s womb one of the first things they do is to let out a scream. Look at your life like you still have time to give birth to ideas, inventions and institutions so that the world can scream out your name.

Through the word SCREAM I will share with you 6 things you can do now to help you build your cash cow and  Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.

With my Dad James Hayes, Jr. Be thankful of those that dreamed of you.

With my Dad James Hayes, Jr. Be thankful of those that dreamed of you.

The S is so that you Speak Your Dream. Anyone can have a dream but many are afraid to speak life into it. You have the power to speak positive and negative into your life. Talk to your dream daily and share with others that have your best interests at heart. The more you speak your dream the more it will become a permanent and positive thought in your your mind that will attract the right ideas and instruction so that your dream can reach it’s destiny.

It is known that it takes at least 21 days for a habit to become permanent in your life. Several attempts may be necessary for others to believe in you enough to make you a part of their day. Keep sharing your insight day after day and you may soon become the expert that others see you as.

The C is so that you Content Your Dream. After you are confident in speaking your dream to life start writing it down. Simply pull out a piece of paper and “write it down and make it plain,” just like it says in Habbakuk.

Think about why is this your dream and write it down into an affirmation statement that you can read and speak life into your dream.  Write this statement on a piece of paper that you can keep with you or near you at all times.

This is necessary because people, places and things will come your way to only distract you away from your dreams to help them with their dreams. You have to know when to say win.

Now pull out another piece of paper along with your affirmation statement and write down what your dream inspires you to write. The ideas that pour out in this brainstorming session will be phenomenal. Give it a chance and don’t limit yourself. Many have discovered that for the first time that they could write poems, stories, quotes and even novels. Some will even come up with ideas for articles that could produce future books or movies.

The R is so that you Resource Your Dream. Once you see for yourself how your dream can benefit others find ways in which you can share these nuggets of wisdom. If you are on social media platforms like Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, Google Plus or YouTube you already have an audience that you can share your dream with and get immediate feedback.

If you like to write short pieces like quotes a good idea is to open up a Twitter or Facebook account and share your ideas with your friends or followers. If you are a long distance writer a blog with WordPress or Blogger would be a good idea and if making videos to empower others is your cup a tea give YouTube or Tube Mogul a try.

AskDerrickAboutThe E is so that you Expert Your Dream. In order to be the best you have to want to be the best. Learn how to turn what you understand into a brand. I will share with you three things I started to do that help establish myself as an Encouragement Expert. Add what you learn to this list and share it with others.

#1. Build a brand with your content. Each weekday I share The DAILY (Derricknyms, App and Idea to Lift You) Message throughout my social media and subscribers of my Motivation To Your Mobile Android and iPhone app receive a positive word of encouragement right to their phones to give them boost at the start of each day.

#2. Get quoted. In 2008 when the economy was declining I started looking for ways to get free publicity and I started getting quoted in blogs and on other online publications like CNN.com and MSNBC.com. Recently I emailed over 100 educational reporters to possibly write a story about me and the one response I received was from Daily Edventures a blog published by Microsoft and they honored me as a Global Hero in Education.

#3. Write articles. Some of the publications that I write for on a regular basis are magazines such as B.O.S.S., Gigare Lifestyle Magazine, and the Holistic Times Newsletter. Find blogs, newspapers and magazines that you are interested in writing for and see what their writer guidelines are and start submitting your best articles today.

As you continue to build your brand and you are quoted along with your articles appearing in publications start to develop a press page that you can update where you list all of your accomplishments in one place and a press release so that you can keep getting the word out about what you are doing.

During my DERRICK Interview with Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr.

During my DERRICK Interview with Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr.

The A is so that you Align Your Dream. A great lesson I learned with business and life is that you can only go so far by yourself and that you must network and connect with others so that you can BUILD relationships.  A great way to partner with like minds is to offer them opportunities to share their talents with your audience. When you do this it opens doors for more people to want to work with you. Here are three opportunities that I offer to other entrepreneurs, experts and celebrities so that we can connect and get to know each other without any pressure of having to do business together.

#1. Interview other experts. One day I decided to use my name to create DERRICK Interviews where each letter of my name inspires a question that will allow others to tell their unique story through my brand. I have done over 250 DERRICK Interviews via email, over the phone and in person. Go to DERRICK Interviews for more information where you will see the questions that are asked and other DERRICK Interviews that I have done.

TodaysHonoree#2. Honor people. After talking to L.J. Holloway one day I was inspired to start a blog where we would recognize someone each day of the week that is making  a positive contribution to our society. This brainstorm session is what inspired Today’s Honoree. The decision was also made that I could not nominate anyone myself and that the people that are featured have to be recommended by one their peers. Today’s Honoree has featured over 750 people and each person that is nominated and featured can pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition.

#3. Let others write.  After writing articles for several blogs and publications I realized the importance of offering Guest Blogging Opportunities to others so they could have the chance to become published that would assist in building their portfolios and brands. On Encouragement Speaker people can write guest blog posts that are encouraging including topics such as Words Of Encouragement for their industry, College Shout Out, Importance Of Building Relationships and Welcome To My City.

The M is so that you Monetize Your Dream. When you are able to use your skills and pay some bills it gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t just want you to have a dream. Dr. King marched, boycotted and fought for Civil Rights so that you can “Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.”  When you Speak, Content, Resource, Expert and Align your Dream you will be in a good position to Monetize Your Dream. Here are 3 ways you can Monetize Your Dream.

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

#1. Get paid to speak. There is an audience that will pay you for what you are an expert at. The College Market is one where I present to students and staff on the topics of Personal and Professional Branding, Networking and How to BUILD Relationships. Through my own campus experiences when I was a student I teach others how to find their own entrepreneurship opportunities while working from their dorm room as well as how to give back and pay it forward by starting scholarships funds that can help raise millions of dollars to keep kids in school with their dreams alive.

In the past I have lectured at colleges and universities such as Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Illinois, Clarion University, Jackson State University, Columbus State University, Bowie State University, AIU Buckhead and many others.

#2. Get paid to consult. When you begin to speak to groups and organizations people will be interested in learning how you are able to get paid to do what you do. This can be a golden opportunity for you to develop a training program that will assist others to help make their dream SCREAM.

#3. Write books. Back in 2000 I wrote and self published my first book entitled Derricknyms that I went on to sell over 4,000 copies out my car. During my self publishing days I was able to meet celebrities such as Mike Epps, Butch Carter, Pastor Troy, Ecstacy of Whodini and Herschel Walker who were inspired by my story and bought a copy of my book right out of my hands.

The more you dream the more your life will SCREAM. Keep finding ways to Speak, Content, Expert, Align and Monetize your Dream so that your passion and purpose will not only SCREAM but put you in position so that the noise you do make will be heard by the right people.

I pray that after you read this article you are able to, “Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.”

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available to consult with you as an individual or speak to a group so that you can Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015. Contact Derrick Hayes now to schedule a speaking engagement or Derricknym signing at upcoming meetings, conferences and events by visiting http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.


The DAILY Message for Wednesday December 17th, 2014

December 17, 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: Learn How To DANCE (Dream And Network to Create Empowerment).
  • .App: Today’s word is Have. The things you want others have and what others need is what you have. We can cut our problems in have is we realize what we have. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Mentally adjust so you physically will avoid rust.

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.


The DAILY Message for Monday August 25th, 2014

August 25, 2014
With Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young

With Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young

Each 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: Turn Their Want Into Your NEED (Network Enough Every Day).
  • App: Today’s word is Swing. Every time I see kids at the park on the swing going up and down like the swing of life. I hope things swing in your favor when you park. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Wish upon a star that the world will find out who you are.

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.


5 Things High School Didn’t Teach You about College

January 27, 2014

BrittanyMajorBy Brittaney Major

The four years spent in high school are supposed to teach you the things you will use to prepare for the rest of your life. However, despite what they tell you, countless formulas, Law of Conservation of Mass or knowing every detail of American History doesn’t do much to prepare you for college.

I remember sitting in my room the night before I moved into my first college dorm. There were countless suitcases around me filled with stuff I collected throughout my past 18 years. But none of that helped me plan out the next four years of my life either.  I was trying to remember some type of class or curriculum that prepared me for this time of my life; but the harder I thought, the less I came up with. You’re supposed to move away from your family, share a room with someone you’ve never met before, and learn how to live on your own… with what? The advice I got most frequently was don’t flunk out, don’t get arrested, and make sure you get to all of your classes on time. Well that was all true but it didn’t really tell me much about how this college thing was supposed to work for me. So here’s a list of things that have helped me be a better and happier me.

1. You must learn to be comfortable with your quality alone time.

I was the girl in high school who had lots of friends and loved to be around people. Although that has not changed, I do value the quiet time I spend in my bedroom with my scented soy candle, listening to Jill Scott and writing in my journal. Honestly, I find myself often looking forward to that time where I can just sit alone with my thoughts and allow myself to evaluate who I am and where I want to go. And that is very healthy for any human to want. So make sure you always have some time throughout your busy week to spend time with yourself. You should use this time as an opportunity to reflect, to be completely honest with yourself and to think about your past. A part of growing up and maturing is finding who you are as a person. That can only be done when you take the time to know and learn yourself.

2. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to be good at everything.

As sad as it is to say, life is all about finding the things that you do well and doing them. Especially in school, you have to accept that every class will not come at ease for you. The things that you work hardest for are usually the ones that you will value and take pride in the most. So with everything you do, do your best and be proud of yourself for it; even if no one else is. You have to learn to celebrate your own success because you are the only one who can evaluate your effort. Make sure you are honest with yourself. After completing an assignment, think about the things that you could have done better or differently and use that as a lesson for the next time. There will be people around you who will succeed at the things you failed. But don’t compare yourself to them because you don’t know what they had to go through to fight for their success. I always tell myself, “The only person you should try and be better than is the person you were yesterday.” That means, take your own experiences and learn from them instead of comparing yourself to someone else’s progression.

3. Learn to be your biggest fan.

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Many times, people will doubt you, judge you, betray you and even criticize you, but you have to learn to ignore all of that and keep going. College is the first place that you may be forced to learn the importance of having a thick skin. You can’t allow a bad day, a bad grade or a rude comment break you. If someone doubts you, instead of reacting with sharp words, prove them wrong by doing the exact opposite of what they said you couldn’t do. Be humble, but expect great things for and from yourself and you will rise to the occasion every time.

4. Do things that make you happy often.

The little things in life end up being the ones that we value and appreciate the most. Sometimes it‘s not always about the material things or all the expensive things we acquire, but it’s those small things we really hold dear to our hearts. While in school, things tend to get alittle stressful and out of control. So it is important to find those things that will bring you back down and help you regroup. Take time for yourself and go get your nails done, go to a jazz concert or go for a walk. We spend too much time trying to satisfy and make other people happy that we end up forgetting about what’s important to us. You are all you have so why not do things to make yourself smile?

5. Be okay with knowing that your prince may not suddenly appear during these college years.

I admit, I wanted to say that I married my college sweetheart. But, in reality, that may just not happen. And just like all five of these points, you have to learn to be okay with that. It’s been said that college is one of the best times of your life. And it really is. You have a freedom that you have never experienced before. So don’t try and force yourself into a relationship. Study abroad! Go greek! Join a club or organization! Do things that will make you a better person to fall in love with.

 “There’s a blessing in every breath you take. Even when it’s hard to breathe you have yet to suffocate. I commend you for your endurance even when the air is thick– keep breathing, keep loving, keep going.”
-Alexandra Elle

Brittaney C. Major  is a Class of 2015 Mass Communication- Print Journalism major, Marketing Minor at Winthrop University. Brittaney is also a member of National Association of Black Journalist- Winthrop University Chapter, President Office of Student Activities Student Assistant, Style Guru Reporter for Seventeen Magazine, Roddey McMillan-Record, Staff Writer, Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. and Volunteer
Social Media Specialist at Jumping the Broom Bridal Magazine.


DERRICK Interview with Student Organizer Johnny “ Slin-K” Brownlee

January 4, 2014

JohnnyBrownleeEncouragement 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 Johnny “ Slin-K” Brownlee who is speaker and author of Getting In Our Own Way: The Degradation of Student Organizations. He was two time Director of Florida Atlantic University’s former agency, Black Student Union & Multicultural Programming. An organization that at the time,had 600+ members and six-figure budgets.

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

I want to empower generations of people to think for themselves, be who they are, celebrate who they are and that are willing to be engaged and involved in their own liberation. I don’t want to see another generation of people feel helpless or dictated to. I want people to be able to be Pro whatever, without feeling to be Anti anything. I want a world where we can celebrate our differences and at the same time recognize the connections that we have in common.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My grandmother’s wisdom, my grandfather’s silent strength and the strength and wisdom of elders in general. I really love the generation of people that overcame against all odds, and did what had to be done, rather than talking about what needed to be done.  Lastly the unknown encourages me, you never who is watching and being inspired by what you say and what you do, and you never know how close you are to changing history.

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

I have a “can do” attitude. I don’t believe in impossible, I believe we just haven’t figured out how or what we need to do it (that IT can be anything) yet. If it can be dreamed it has to be possible.

Also I bring a set of experiences no one else has. I’m not afraid to be called crazy or to think outside the box. You don’t fix problems with the same thinking that created them.

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

People have been telling me I would affect and encourage people since I was a child. People continually told me I should speak, the first ten conferences I applied for I got accepted to all of them to my surprise, and one of those was at Yale. And at a few conferences other speakers have come to my workshop and people were telling me to write a book, and encouraging me of the importance of doing so.  So I have continued speaking and I finally wrote the book.  People see things in me I try to suppress sometimes

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

Lucson Joseph. He is the leader and founder of the National Haitian Student Alliance.  He is encouraging a generation of students and molding leaders to learn and appreciate their culture, country and history, and to make changes on their campus, community and homeland. It’s Empowering to watch him in action and see his passion.

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

Faith and the Unknown. I have faith that change is closer than we expect, the breakthrough that changes everything is right around the corner, a few steps away, one speech away, one workshop away. Also I don’t want to quit, because I don’t know who my quitting affects. You never know who is following you. I don’t want them to quit or feel let down.

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

You are your own savior and super hero. Everything you need already exists in you, to save your self. Stop waiting for the next great …and be the first, or let’s all just be great together and achieve by committee. Strength is in Unity. Let’s put the needs of WE over the convenience of ME a little bit more and watch the things we can achieve.

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

Yes, I want students to know that they’re in the perfect position in their lives to change the world. Don’t use or allow anyone to use your economic status, your age, culture, race, or lack of experience to discredit or discourage you from making changes on any level. Have Strong determination and don’t be afraid of change. A few people really can change the world; they’re he only ones that ever have.

Visit Johnny “ Slin-K” Brownlee for more information.