MENTAL Health Monday

July 13, 2020

Mental Health Monday is where New York City Mental Health Clinician Erskine Alexander interviews with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer.” Erskine Alexander is a Board Certified Mental Health Clinician in the state of New York.

DERRICK Interview with Heroes Haven Creator Mario Simone

May 15, 2016

MarioEncouragement 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 Mario Simone who founded Gotham City Films in 2009, where he has written and directed films with A-list talent such as Jessica Biel, Slash, Tony Hawk and Hilary Duff. Simone’s original comic book, Heroes Haven, was published by Gotham City Films and is now available for purchase.

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

I have vast dreams and big vision which include running a full service entertainment company, and building a publishing division that can help other independent artists achieve their unique voice. I hope for Heroes Haven to reach audiences worldwide and inspire them with the poetry and passion of its character’s journey.

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

I studied intensely at Jesuit schools, Fordham Prep and Fairfield University, where I ventured deep into philosophy and art/film making. And in my world travels, I studied many cultures and intriguing philosophy’s that pushed my artistic voice to great depths.

I was able to pull from these experiences, and it helped me create Heroes Haven, and in my daily life I’m able to continue my philosophical quest through my writing and other art forms.

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

My resolve and willingness to bring my vision to fruition; my courage to take the risks to overcome fears and rejection. The fact that I have built my own entertainment/production company and have the ability and knowledge to now expand that into a full “small-press” publishing company as well.

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

Ever since I was a kid, I realized that I loved the arts and storytelling. I saw the world as paintings and wanted to experience life so I would have a better story to tell. I don’t know if we are ever really ready for what we are doing in any moment, but there are moments in life where we take the courage to jump into the abyss and face your fate.

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

I always enjoyed the stylistic flair of Frank Miller’s interpretation of Batman; or director, Christopher Nolen and his translocation of the story to the film, “The Dark Night”; or even the late actor, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, where he pushed so far outside the normal constants of acting to create such a profound character.

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

I arrived in LA with a backpack and $200 in my pocket and built a name for myself in the entertainment business as an author, producer, actor and director. Challenges were many along the way, and rejection and stumbles were a daily ritual. Perseverance and courage pushed me to achieve my vision.

K is for Keys: What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Never give up – but even more importantly, be true to yourself, be honest with your work and your art.

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

Use your fears as a guide to see the path that will challenge you the most, and help you to live the life of your dreams.

Connect with Mario Simone on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Haven is now available on the official website and for pre-order on Amazon.

The DAILY Message for Monday April 27th, 2015

April 26, 2015

“My feet are bigger than my Dad’s but his shoes I will never try to fill. At 82 he’s alive with an apartment named after him. A living legend.”


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 and can be reached at  or (706) 615-1662.

Water You Doing To Make a Difference? The Rudy Byfield Story

March 30, 2015


Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes shares insightful perspectives from experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s interview is with Rudy Byfield who is the President of AQUAÇAI USA and leads the company in their giving and sustainability initiatives.

AQUACAI is a natural artesian water from the rainforest of Panama. H2O is the formula for water and after reading this interview you will understand that a great way to give back is to bring H2O (Help 2 Others) in as many ways possible.

I wanted to tell Rudy’s story to share the news of what he does and why he believes we all should give back.

What made you do what you do?

I have always been interested in water as a fundamental tool for life and sustainable development. I wanted to be part of an organization that takes action, cares about its community, its resources, it’s people and most importantly, building a better future today.

Specifically, water can help build a foundation to help eradicate poverty, build upon economic growth and sustainability and make improvements in one’s social well-being. Unfortunately, there are millions of people today that aren’t as fortuitous and don’t have access to these basic amenities that we take for granted, such as water. But with the advancements of our technology and access to natural resources, Aquaçai can help make a difference in changing people’s lives. I want to share our story with the with everyone who can give us an audience, a forward thinking company that produces the most natural quality of water available today located in our very own backyard of La Valdeza de Capira in the Republic of Panama. Aquaçai is bottled in a state of the art water bottling facility that runs on 60% hydroelectric power. Our ability to share Aquaçai directly from our pristine rainforest to locations all over the world is something we are very proud of.

Although I didn’t discover Aquaçai personally, I was asked by a group of owners in Panama and the U.S. to join forces. Together, we planted the seeds and cultivated an idea that became a reality for making change, focusing on well-being, lifestyle and social responsibility.

When and where did you get started?

Three years ago today, I started at Aquaçai, a brand whose goal was to deliver a premium artesian water to discriminating consumers—one that was all-natural, pristine, with zero nitrates, artificial flavors and possessed an unparalleled softness. In essence, water that made you feel good, comprised of taste, quality and commitment to its community.

Through our extensive search, we discovered the ultimate source in Panama- an artesian aquifer deep beneath the Acai Rainforest. And our goal, to make sure we kept it in its natural form, to never lose sight of conserving our beautiful terrain and ensure collectively, that we’re committed and responsive to upholding our natural ecosystem and habitat. Our facilities are run using renewable energy, with 60% coming from hydroelectric power contained in flowing water. In addition, AQUAÇAI is bottled right at the source in 100% recyclable, BPA-free PET plastic. The first human hands to touch the bottle are outside of Panama, when our premium artesian water is shipped to locations all over the world. For this reason, there are zero nitrates and artificial preservatives added, it’s completely untouched and intact in its natural form.

In all honesty, I worked with other brands previously in a distribution company, however, once I discovered the product (Aquaçai), I knew this was a special brand where we could make a difference.

Why do you give back?

We give back because it’s the right thing to do. It is important to come full circle and build a life and business where you help others in return.  If you accumulate and not give back, you are doing a disservice to yourself, to your community and worse, abstaining from building a generation of future leaders for tomorrow; leading by example. Bigger than just water, over the past 7 years, we planted more than 400,000 native trees, flowers, plants and shrubs with the help of the Smithsonian and ANAM (the Panama National Authority of the Environment). Similarly, we’ve supported our local communities by building a bridge to help students cross the stream during annual floods, supported Doctors without Borders by flying medical teams to Panama to vaccinate hundred of children.

We’ve also lent a hand to those in need throughout the world. Just days before Hurricane Sandy in 2012, we had shipped 40 tons of water to the NY/NJ area for our East Coast launch. But after the storm hit, we helped the community by distributing water to disaster victims directly. Additionally, we donated water to relief efforts in Haiti and Japan, and will continue to share the resources we can with those who need it most.

Anything else that you would like to mention? 

It is very gratifying for us as a company to make a difference in the lives of others.   I hope our vision and philanthropy in Aquaçai can inspire others to make a difference and help improve people’s lifestyle one bottle at a time.

Now after reading Rudy’s story look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Water You Doing To Make a Difference?”

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.


Words Of Encouragement for Management Students

December 1, 2014

TranstutorsBy Aditya Singhal

Dear Management Students, This One’s for YOU:

This is the time of the year when your head is probably spinning with thoughts of an upcoming ethics paper, marketing finals, and that other thing for economics that you can only vaguely remember but you do know is about to be due. During times like these it can be really difficult to remember why you decided to study management or even go to (or go back to) college. Have a seat, take a deep breath (file away your anxious thoughts), and let us remind you why.

These are some of the most important years of your life. More than just working to complete a degree, you are discovering and exploring your very self. You are making lifelong friends, working hard, and thinking about the future. And even if the future scares you (and truly, it scares us all), that’s okay. Taking the time to consider your options and to explore career opportunities is going to really pay off. Anything worth pursuing will take time, frustration, and (maybe) a few tears.

The amazing thing about education is that it truly belongs to you. Not only that, but you have the power to decide what to do with it. You can become a leader in your field. You can become a positive change agent. You can change the world. And guess what? One bad grade or one week of frustration isn’t going to change that. Education is about the culmination of your efforts, it is about growth.

Take a moment to stop and think. Think about where you were at the beginning of this semester, year, or program. Think about where you are now. What have you learned? What has brought you joy? What are you most proud of? If there is something that has frustrated or disappointed you, don’t dwell on it. Instead, think about how you can turn those negatives into positives. Can you set a goal for your next semester? What is one thing that you can improve? Reframing the way you think about problems can determine how successful you are at creating solutions. This is an important management and life skill.

And at the end of the day, remember that your happiness and your dreams are important. Steve Jobs said it best:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

Keep these thoughts in the back of your mind and take some time to unwind this week. Grab a coffee with a friend who needs a break as much as you do. Watch a couple of episodes of your favorite series on Netflix. Take a nap. Before you know it, you will be clasping your management degree with both hands, filled with pride and excitement for the next part of your journey.

About Aditya Singhal :

Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of, a leading online tutoring help for college students. Having graduated from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he worked briefly with American Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates before taking the entrepreneurial route. Outside the work ambit, Aditya has a personal interest in helping MBA students. He is also actively involved in giving back to the society by contributing a part of the revenue towards education of poor students in India.

DERRICK Interview with WSVN Reporter Ashley Morrison

September 11, 2014

AshleyCBSMoneyWatchEncouragement 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. DERRICK Interview with CBS News Anchor Ashley Morrison

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Ashley Morrison who started out her career in finance as a series 6 & 63 licensed Estate Tax Planner. Ashley then turned her attention and talents to Broadcast Journalism.  Working her way across the country, she landed in New York, first at WPIX , then at Bloomberg TV as an Anchor and Stocks Editor and as a Business News anchor for CBS Moneywatch.

Ashley also played a news reporter in Steven Soderbergh’s movie “Side Effects” with Jude Law, released in March 2013. She has also been featured in several style magazines and was on the cover of “SHE” magazine in May 2013 for her accomplishments as a broadcast journalist. In January 2014 she was inducted in the first ever “Hall Of Fame” at her high school, Columbus East High School.

AshleyM1D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

I have two types of goals in life, professional and personal goals. Professionally, my goals as a newscaster have changed since my move to South Florida.  Having a professional background in finance before my career in broadcasting, it made sense that while I was in New York City I would cover business news, anchoring CBS MoneyWatch at CBS news and before that being an anchor, stocks editor and reporter at Bloomberg TV. Now with my recent moved to south Florida and working at WSVN as a news reporter, I’m still learning my way around the area, learning about the issues and meeting the players in South Florida. That’s exactly what happened when I first landed in NYC, I was a reporter so I could learn as much about the area and that’s what I’m doing now. I’ve also been reporting for their entertainment show Deco Drive, which has also been a lot of fun. I’m just taking my time right now to feel things out and see exactly where I can be the most beneficial in South Florida, just as I did when I was in NYC. My personal goal in my life is to be the best mother I can possibly be to my 9 year-old son Jack. Everyone who knows me, knows that he is my entire life and I only hope one day when he grows up, he’ll look back and say I had the best mom ever and we will continue to be close.

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

I went to North Carolina State University on a 4 year full scholarship for tennis. I majored in broadcast journalism but most of my electives were in economics and business because I have always has an interest in both. When I first graduated college, I was a series 6 and 63 licensed financial planner, specializing in estate tax planning cases. Then I changed over to my career in broadcast television. I believe more than anything it was my career as a tennis player that taught me that if you want something you will have to work very hard to get it. Nobody is going to hand you anything nor should they. You will have to earn it for yourself based on a combination of commitment, focus, sacrifice, hard work and talent, but once you get there be prepared to continue to work just as hard to stay there.

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

The resources that I believe I bring to the table in my industry is many years of experience at the highest level you can reach in the broadcast industry. I also have my background in finance that sets me apart.

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

I think that everybody has special talents and skills, mine just happened to be in broadcast journalism. Being in front of a camera and talking comes very easy to me and I enjoy it very much. Whether it is reporting the latest news on the economy, business news, local news or entertainment news, I enjoy it all. I’m very lucky to be doing something that I love so much. However, there are many, many other professions that I’m quite certain I would be terrible at.

AshleyM2I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I think people should keep their eye out for my very dear friend and my former co-anchor on the CBS Morning News Terrel Brown. Terrel is now working at the ABC station in Chicago, but we also shared an office together for many years at CBS news and he has so much talent, intelligence and is just an overall amazing person. Keep your eye on him world!!

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

I think the biggest challenge for me is finding enough hours in the day to get everything done that I need to get done. I feel like I’m constantly running around with either my tv hat on or my mommy hat on and there never seems to be any time to just relax but I’m used to it. I’ve become a professional juggler as most working moms are too!!!

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

Don’t expect for anything to come easy. Be ready to work very hard and don’t complain about it. When I worked at CBS News anchoring Moneywatch, I got up at 12:30 AM to go to work for many years. What might have looked like a glamorous job to many, was very hard work actually. Most people also don’t know that I not only anchored CBS MoneyWatch, I also produced and wrote everything. Another thing I would advise in any industry is to treat everyone with respect and professional courtesy. Don’t ever think your job is more important than anybody else’s or that you are more important than anybody else. Appreciate everything you have, appreciate your job and appreciate everyone you work with and what they do and bring to the table too.

Visit Ashley Morrison for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Author Roy Glenn

February 12, 2014

RoyGlennEncouragement 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 Author Roy Glenn who is known as the master of urban suspense. Roy Glenn is the author of Treat Me Nice, Wanda’s Reign, The Indictment of Mike Black, Misunderstood, and Is It a Crime, which became a best seller and gave birth to the popular character, Mike Black.

Other novels in The Mike Black Saga include; Beneath The Surface, Out of Control, No Loose Ends, Prelude to War, Secrets of War and A Tale of Three Women. Roy is also a contributing author in the popular series Girls From Da Hood and Around The Way Girls.

His other novels include Crime of Passion, Body of Evidence and Ulterior Motive which feature the character, attorney Marcus Douglas. After Hour’s Tales, Doctor-Patient Confidentiality, Killing Them Softly: An Erotic Tale of Murder.

Roy was born and raised in The Bronx and currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he is working on several projects including, I Came to Bring The Pain, the next installments in The Mike Black Saga. And The Kimberley Process.

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

I have achieved so much and have so much to be thankful for. I love the way that I earn my living; writing. I love where I live; I have great friends and family that I love. I believe that is a major achievement in life. But I still have dreams and goals, which is to write a screenplay and see it produced on the big screen.

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

I went to college and since my craft is using the written word to tell a story, I can say that I get to apply what I’ve learned everyday.

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

Organization and discipline.

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

I decided to do it, then I woke up one morning and got started.

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

The writer Aja. She is a great writer

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

You name it and it came at me. I just refused to surrender.

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

Decide what you want to do and get started, now. The world is waiting for what you have to offer.

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

Stay true!

Visit Author Roy Glenn for more information.

20 Keys to Success for College Students

July 11, 2013

CollegeStudentIn my DERRICK Interviews the last question I ask experts is “What Keys to Success can you leave for others?” Dr. Will Moreland took it one step further and suggested that I start sharing these Keys to Success in the form of articles, reports and books. With that thought in mind I looked back at my career and realized how much it would have helped me if I had a team of success stories in my corner.

Networking with and interviewing celebrities and experts has given me a front row seat into the lives of people at the top and I’m here to share their insight with you through #20 Keys to Success for College Students.

1. Set Goals. Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. To have a goal in mind is a thought. To write out your goal is to have an action plan. There are many Goal Setting tips online. Do your homework – that starts with writing out your goals. Create your plan and review your goals daily. Are the actions you are taking propelling you in the direction of your goals? If they are not, readjust and get back on track!

2. Know your Priorities. Priorities are the handful of things in your life, career or business that are important to you. Priorities are broad elements of life, and they often become misplaced somewhere amongst life’s daily routine. It is wise to have only a few priorities. If you have too many, you’re not likely to respect each of them adequately. Goals support priorities. A single priority may have one or more goals associated with it.

A goal is a statement that is specific to what you intend to accomplish, and when you intend on accomplishing it. All the goal setting and attainment you ever fantasized about or hoped for, however, won’t be fulfilling if your goals don’t support your carefully chosen priorities. Of course, your goals can change as previous ones are accomplished and if some of your life priorities change. Each goal has to support a priority, and each priority is supported by at least one goal.

3. Get Experience. There are many ways to get relevant experience – volunteering is a great start! The vast majority of grads wish they had more than one type of experience during college. Employers comparing graduating seniors as job candidates want and expect you to have experience outside the classroom. Freshman year is not too early to start! Look for volunteer work, a part-time or summer job that will be a stepping stone to something more competitive later.

Networking is extremely important in a competitive job environment. By networking throughout your degree, you are creating meaningful business relationships with peers in your field. Having a solid network and great connections upon graduation within your field will prove to be an invaluable resource.

4. Own your Calendar. Get and use a calendar. Write things down! Time management for students is a crucial component to your success. There are many things to juggle and effectively planning for them will help you deal with the stressors of college life like having papers due, studying time, social events, exam prep, part time job and seeing your family. These all put strain on the multi-tasking student. Throw in a little procrastination into the mix of a project and it could spell disaster. Being an effective planner and even planning for the unexpected can assist in juggling multiple priorities. Planning ahead will assist in not feeling overwhelmed.

5. Manage your Money. It is very easy for college students to get caught up in spending. Those people behind the table giving you a free t shirt when you sign up for a credit card are hazardous to your personal wealth! The thought of getting a credit card now that you’re an adult and having access to cash instantly is very tempting, but it also puts a lot of students in big debt when they can’t make payments on time and their credit history gets impacted.

Buy used textbooks. Walk instead of having a car. Use your student discounts. Pay your bills on time. Save then Splurge. Track your spending and save your receipts! There is a lot of non-academic spending that takes place on a daily basis. If you aren’t on top of the little spending here and there it can really add up and effect your monthly budget. Money management is a big component to your overall success. Decisions made on campus can have a ripple effect for years to follow. Enjoy your time on campus but spend wisely, you’ll be miles ahead when you are ready to move on to a full time job!

From Brenda Bourns of

6. Use your Resources. Using one’s resources is fundamental in assisting you in achieving your goal, but what does that really mean. Resources are avenues to your arrival. For example, if you have a passion for speaking, a resource for you could be a pastor of a church or a teacher at your school. Why? In order to be a good speaker, you must know how to research, write, organize thought and deliver the thoughts via teaching/instructing. How many salespersons do you know? What about community leaders, business owners who have to use presentations to obtain customers. How resourceful can YOU be?

7. Ignore the Naysayers. These are the people who are discouraging to your dreams, visions and goals. They are what I call “toxic people”. They shoot poison and every target that screams success. These people are dream-snatchers and vision-killers. Stay away and keep looking up!

8. Evaluate your Purpose. It is not enough to say that you want to be something. There must be thought, research and analysis in order for your mind to see it as real. Ask yourself pertinent questions like, what are my true talents, what are my interests, can I see myself doing this 5, 10 15 years and more…? Short term and a long term plans will keep you focused, especially doing times when you feel like giving up

9. Execute your Plan. Once you have thoroughly researched, found and evaluated your purpose, you must put the plan in motion. Begin to set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals and acknowledge your accomplishments along the way. Realize that success comes before work in the dictionary or if you are insane! Struggles are part of life’s way of granting you a character endorsement. Do not be afraid to more afraid of not trying! You must have thought, research and analysis.

From Doc Worley of

10. Think Healthy. College students are on their own for the first time in college. In order for them to continue the success that got them there it’s important to eat well, work out and get rest in order to be the best they can be in class and as they study. Keep the body strong and the mind will follow.

From Dr. Shakeer Abdullah of

11. Don’t Conform. I believe if success is a room, we are all born with a unique key to a unique room of that success. College is like a maze where we start to see the purpose, but the end result, or the key within us, is a long way off.

12. Expect Newness. Let new events, new, unexpected people and opportunities shape your character and let those events and instances, further illuminate who you’re supposed to be.

From Shannon Scott of

13. Find Mentorship. You will either learn by someone else’s mistakes or make the same mistakes yourself. Regardless of how smart or lucky you think you are, the school of hard knocks is waiting to teach you some lessons. Find someone who has accomplished what you want to accomplish and listen to their advice.

From Richard London of

14. Accept Responsibility. Nobody is going to push you! In college, you’re responsible for your own success. Mom and Dad aren’t there to tell you to do your homework- or remind you to do your laundry. Your professors will help, but only if you ask. They’re not mind-readers. Before you set foot on campus- accept full personal responsibility for your success.

From Jim Bouchard of

15. Stay Positive. We all start our professional journey as a novice and throughout our journey, we will face many challenges and adversities and make mistakes along the way. My advice is to remain positive and be grateful for mistakes as they are the learning tools that we need to make us more efficient and wiser.  All you need to do is learn from your mistakes and remain positive.  You might be a beginner today but can change the world tomorrow.

“Hold close to your dreams…Whatever you dream for tomorrow, whatever you hope to achieve, remember that nothing is out of your reach if you only first believe.”

From MJ Pedone of

16. Activate Connections. Find people who possess the same opinions and goals that are aligned with yours. When seeking the Win/Win relationship you raise the stakes to assure a Triple Win for ALL!

From Mechelle Tucker of

17. Keep Learning. Take extra classes and never stop studying how money works. Having the knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting best practices will help keep much more money in your possession and less money leaving you throughout your life.

18. Be Humble. At different points in our lives we can’t fathom that we don’t already “know the truth/facts/everything.” However, knowing that you don’t know everything is one of the greatest frames of mind to have, because you’ll be open enough to be constantly looking for better and more efficient solutions. Be confident that you are talented and know a great deal already, but don’t be too cocky where you miss out on growing because of arrogance. Stay open-minded.

19. Never Quit from your ultimate goal. Sometimes, you may have to pivot from your original plan on how to achieve your goals, but never quit on your ultimate goal of what would mean success for you. Sometimes, you might be on the wrong path, but just change direction, alternate the plan, and keep moving towards that goal…and don’t stop until you get there!

From Louis Tanguay of

20. Be Flexible. I know being flexible may not sound like a profound key to success but truly I tell you from experience that the most perfect plan for success will, at some point, be disrupted and possibly be turned completely upside down and inside out. The wise person knows that its not what happens to us or what we achieve that determines our success but it is how we respond to the unexpected emergency, the unforeseen chaos, and the life altering tragedies that occur while we are on our journey to becoming successful. This is what determines who will be able to stand the test of time, and the trials and tribulations while on their way to unveiling their Greatness.

Flexibility is your secret weapon. Flexibility in the sense of being able to be spiritually connected to God no matter what we face in life for He is our rock, flexibility in the sense that we know to maintain a couple of degrees of separation from anything and everything we are affiliated with so that nothing can emotionally break us, and flexibility in the sense that we understand we live in a dynamically changing time of technology advancement yet we stay true to our calling and flexible enough to adapt in order to stay relevant to the needs of our customers yet not change so much that when we look in the mirror we are surprised at who is looking back.

From Empowerment Speaker Capri Cruz of

Please share these Keys to Success with others. Have a great school year and feel free to reach out and network with the experts in this article. Remember this thought. Whether you Facebook or Twitter you have to be Linked In.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. 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 Organizer Carolyn Hall

February 20, 2013

CarolynHallEncouragement 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 Carolyn Hall who has over 23 years experience as an organizer, problem solver and strategic planner with specialties in marketing, advertising, promoting, network building, public relations and planning events.  Carolyn has the natural ability to assess a current situation and provide unique, creative, tangible, effective and cost-effective solutions.  Book study and hands-on-training has assisted in her development as an individual and professional.

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

My dream is to build cl3 agency as one of the most sought after agencies when a business owner, speaker, author, visual and spoken word artist and humorist want effective, unique and creative strategic marketing plans with the added perk of planning signature events. My goals are to open a headquarters in Stamford or Greenwich, Ct by 2015 & employ a minimum of 100 representatives by the year 2016.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My elders & youth.  The elders are a portal of wisdom; whether they were business owners or stay at home moms and our youth motivate me to carry on the values of our elders.  With the change of each century, methods change but the fundamentals do not, or should not, and it is encouraging to me to know that I contribute in my own way to keeping each generation developing personally and professionally.

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

I would have to say our biggest resource is our ability to build networks. You never know where an opportunity for growth is going to come from, your next sale, your next collaboration or where you will be needed.

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

Probably when I was fired from a job I gave my heart, sweat and soul to. I was fired because the CFO, never forget her name, Phyllis, was intimidated by my skill, drive, effectiveness and the boss loving every contribution I brought to his table.  That poor boss got so tired of her complaints and finally after 2 years when work had slowed down, he had to let some of us go and he felt so bad about letting me go, he couldn’t fire me himself and had a limo waiting for me to take me wherever I wanted to go for the next 24 hours, on him.

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

Wow, difficult question because I have to honestly say the most impressive to me is my dad and others should learn about his great character and hear his stories of empowerment, encouragement, pride and dedication to his family, a cause and himself. That man is one of the most impressive to me because of his patience, wisdom, kindness, generosity, skill, knowledge, focus, forgiveness and did I say knowledge? I don’t think I’ve ever met a smarter individual in my lifetime. Since many don’t know him, I can help them relate to him I’m sure as he comes from a generation where those attributes were more prevalent than now.  He is just a gifted man who sacrificed fame, glory and money to make a happy home for us.  We came first.  I can remember him turning down promotion after promotion due to how it would have him traveling and the money they were offering him was almost triple each and every time.  His commitment and dedication to us, his family, always impressed me.  Granted, his generation in my opinion had more of those type of morals and convictions and there are probably many men out there his age who are the same but he is close and dear to me and I wish I could have him talk to some people as they too would feel empowered, educated and inspired to do the best they could with their lives.

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

My children. I do this for them.  Yes, I reap benefits of feeling good about my successes and when I touch someone’s life or make a difference in it but my children are my driving forces to keep on keeping on.  You know you probably hear many a parent say, if it weren’t for the kids but really, if it weren’t for my children, I would have run away to an island of my own a long, long time ago.

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

The keys to success to me are setting goals, working the plan, being flexible, determined and focused.  Never forgetting that you are dealing with human beings and never let the dollar bill remove your humanity.  The dollar bill has come to those who were focused on doing what they loved to do.  Love what you do and the rest comes to you.  Work hard, don’t be afraid of not succeeding but never ever give up.

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

Nothing other than don’t worry about what kind of paper you have stating you have a degree, remember you are your own individual and special and have gifts and skills that no one else has.  Tap into them and don’t be afraid to try.  If you want something, you can get it.  Constantly ask yourself, what do I want? Am I happy where I am? Am I serving myself short? When you do this your honesty & commitment to self will be all the motivation you need.  The support systems are out here, but it all starts with you wanting.

Visit Carolyn Hall for more information.

DERRICK Interview with 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate Ceceilia Berkowitz

February 11, 2013

CeciliaBerkowitzEncouragement 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 Ceceilia Berkowitz who is a 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate.  Ceceilia Berkowitz is a 34 year old resident of Manhattan, originally from North Jersey. Ceceilia is  running for NYC Mayor as of January 31st, with a good strategy to plan to win the election, and simultaneously improve the politics and functioning of New York.

Ceceilia has significant relevant work experiences, networking connections and knowledge, and relevant educational background. Ceceilia is also in the process of assembling together a diverse and inclusive team of New Yorkers and other interested people.

After becoming good friends with Mayor Bloomberg over the last year and a half, several people that they both knew suggested that Ceceilia should possibly run for Mayor. Ceceilia is interested in meeting with Republican, Democratic, Independent, and other New Yorkers to formulate good democratic political views for my campaign.

After taking several political tests and surveys Ceceilia found that even ideas that were thought of as Republican for years in terms of Finance and Economics perspectives are still considered Democratic, and in the New York area we are likely to have friends interested in same sex marriage, abortion rights, and New Yorkers understand there are many unmarried New Yorkers who are young, working professionals. Therefore in this part of the country it is impossible to be anything else other than a Democrat according to the true political party beliefs and surveys. She thinks it is important to obey the law and respect the laws of the country you are in, so Ceceilia  paid for some legal advice via a campaign attorney before paying for PR or even beginning fundraising activities.

Ceceilia has interviewed with Forbes magazine and the NY Observer newspaper for future articles and reporters or members of the press that would like to interview her please contact Ceceilia by email at or by phone at 917-923-5760 / 973-204-9754.

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

My dream is that I work as Mayor of NYC beginning in 2014. I have achieved much success since I was in high school in leadership and teamwork roles. For college, I attended the Wharton School where we were trained in leadership and teamwork in several classes and activities. I have had much success at work through achieving outstanding performance evaluations and contributing to the success of the companies. As a Professor, I help the majority of my students succeed and learn, and go on to much success in their chosen careers. As a social media journalist, my Klout factor is in the high 50s, and I am followed by many including the WOR710 radio outlet in the NY area.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

What encourages me is that I can make a good impact on the City of New York, and have the citizens be grateful and glad that I could help them achieve success and a good life in their favorite big city.

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

My resources include my skills in finding good services online, and good taste in choosing people to hire and work with. I am able to recognize talent, and work with people to encourage them to contribute well to our team.

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

I began to realize I was ready for this position in March of 2012, when I wrote my good friend Mayor Bloomberg an email and revealed my plans to run for NY Mayor, beginning on January 31, 2013. It was a position that has interested me for a few years, because of my personality type and preferred work interests.

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

I think that others should learn about Ray Kelly. He is a very impressive man, with several university degrees, and quite a few good work experiences before becoming Commissioner of the NYPD.

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

The team of good people I recruited who want us to achieve success encourage me to continue on, and pursue success.

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

I think the key to success is to be goal oriented, to know our goal is attainable, and to continue to move forward in a path toward realizing the goal.

Visit Ceceilia Berkowitz or more information.