DERRICK Interview with International Artist Corey “Tre-Dot” Henderson

January 9, 2014

CoreyEncouragement 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 Corey “Tre-Dot” Henderson who has been described as sounding like a young Biggie with a touch of Big Pun.  This New York City born and North Carolina representing emcee is truly a representation of hip-hop that any fan of the art can and would appreciate. Since his entrance in the game several years ago he has been featured on over 500 mixtapes and has a youtube page of his personal videos where views have come close to 400,000.  His consistent grind and work ethic has been honored and noticed throughout the country as he has been featured in countless internet mags, blogs, and radio shows.

(Dream) My ultimate dream is to touch souls and walk each day according to my creator’s plans.  I’m humbled by the accomplishment of being able to do what I love and achieve financial gain without compromising my values or craft.  Even within a commercialized industry I was able to stand firm in my values as an artist and blessed to network with overseas markets such as the UK, Argentina, and Japan while being managed by Joint One in Japan which led to some profitable video game placements.  However, my current mission of authorship and public speaking will be an ultimate dream as I’m a firm believer in by being a blessing to others I will ultimately be blessed.  In addition, this would bring me closer to my goals of being able to do what I love full time and expand into other markets and genres. By combining authorship along with musical, video, and verbal representation I’m looking to market my brand into all mediums and touch souls of all ages, races, and economic groups.

(Education) Educationally, I have a degree in Organizational Management.  The skills in problem solving, leadership, and marketing have equipped me with additional skills to stay competitive as a brand even without a budget.  In addition, on the graduate level I am pursuing a double major of Business Administration/Leadership.  This double major was chosen because I have my education very high on my priority list as my desire is to acquire my doctorate.  My father has his T.H.D. and its also my dream to take my education to this same level.

(Resource) At the same time, my focus will also be the troubled youth and prison systems.  Mentors are needed and positive role models as well.  In my personal I’ve made similar mistakes as many of these young men and I took advantage of second chances.  Because of this, my duty is to share these successes and blessings with others.  Convicted felons are an overlooked group of individuals that are rarely spoken of or considered.  Employment has been a roller coaster for many adults and the label of felon even intensifies the severity of the ride.  This said battle is also a battle of mine that I refuse to lay down for.  That label may follow you forever but so do the skills that you acquire.  Education can never be taken away from you and the fight always goes on as the wars continue.

(Ready) Personally, as a youth, I was always told that one day I would become a minister.  My reaction to this was always laughter.  As the years passed it has seemed more obvious that this path maybe wasn’t such a stretch. Expressing myself through music is an incredible feeling and the ability to touch others with words is therapeutic. In addition, upon evaluating myself and my life as a man and as a parent I had become disappointed in myself. This led to me leaving alone liquor cold turkey, losing over eighty pounds, and refraining from promiscuous activity while religiously praying for guidance, wisdom, and understanding.  As time passed, I found myself having deep conversations more and more with family and acquaintances and the ideas for a series of books was thus revealed.  The many trials and tribulations that were overcome were merely a training ground to prepare me to be the man I am now and preparation for the man I aspire to be.

(Individual) Within my network my mentors have opened my eyes to so many qualities within myself that I wasn’t even aware of.  Donald Taylor and Kingsley Omissette were there at a time of my life when I was at a crossroads and supplied that necessary push that was needed.  When I thought I had it all figured out they brought it to my attention that I really didn’t.  Sadly, not even close.  As Master Black Belts in Lean Six Sigma they introduced me to these theories and management tools that carried over into everyday life.  These said teachings amazed me at how they played such a great role in my development within management and as a man in general.  Among the vital tools practiced and learned were perseverance, patience, humility, and attention to detail that carried over into my daily life.

(Challenges) As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest challenges is being labeled as a convicted felon in today”s workplace and remaining successful.  Although my convictions are over twenty years old and I’m currently a graduate student with incredible references; within some circles it has still been an issue.  Employment has been lost and prosperous opportunities denied.  In addition, for years I had fought a losing battle with alcoholism and depression.  The combination of these could have been fatal.  By the grace of God, these obstacles were overcome.  However, the struggle continues.

(Keys to Success) With life being a continual learning lesson it seems like when we think we have the key to success the locks are changed.  The one constant that remains is hard work, dedication to your craft, thirst for knowledge, and always giving thanks to our Creator while remaining humble.  Also, success should never be measured by another man’s standards nor have a monetary value.

Is there anything else that you would like to leave us with?

By the grace of God, the demons of alcohol were conquered with 80 pounds of weight loss, and I was accepted into a graduate school program with a double major occurred.  My sound has stretch as far as Japan, Argentina, and the UK and as a result, I have been featured on the popular video game Anarchy Reigns which is doing extremely well in Japan and set yo debut in the US early 2013. A mixtape based on the popular TV series “24” was done with UK award winning DJ Ames and was downloaded over 10,000 times and featured on several blogs.  Also, he won the Grind Hard Award – Outta State in Memphis,TN at the Knockdown Awards and is nominated for 3 awards at this years event.

The NC Underground Music Awards has nominated him twice for this same award. On a personal note, he has received his bachelor’s degree in 2011 from St Augustine’s College with honors and plans to enter into the arena of motivational speaker while extending his craft to being an author and professor as well when graduate school is completed.  Also, Tre-Dot is currently the co-host of the popular T Tyler Talks Radio Show which airs on Blog Talk Radio every Friday night@9pm bringing a news segment with a new twist.

In closing, for a breath of fresh air to hip-hop, motivational speaking, and authorship; with the expert assistance of producer Skii Sharp follow the artist known as Tre-Dot; the man known as Corey Henderson…

Visit Tre-Dot for more information.

DERRICK Interview with the Multi Talented Orrin K. Loftin

July 30, 2013

OrrinLoftin Orrin hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He is currently a retired Captain out of the United States Air Force where he proudly served as a Satellite Operations Officer.  Among other things he was an actor who resided in LA for a short while and gives special thanks to Mr. David Parry who was his acting instructor.  Orrin currently resides in and amongst the beautiful mountains and foothills of Great Falls, Montana where he avidly writes poetry as can be gleaned to be seen in his new book, “My Divine Pantomimes”.

This year’s quote:  Music is the new frontier with which to endear without fear,…

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

My dream is to build a pyramid of accomplishments to be inspired by and to inspire others with.  The goal in doing so will hopefully be accomplished through my music, poems and videos while keeping in mind to help someone along the way.

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

I graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelors in Mathematics.  I graduated from Webster university with a double major masters degree in both Space Systems Management and Computer Systems Management.

Math and Computers are but the fabric of day to day life which I find useful in dealing with everything from finances, taxes or costs involved in producing a new album or poetry book.  It is gratifying to be able to take your fields of study and use them throughout your life like a Swiss Army knife.

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

I bring to the table that which I’ve been blessed with in terms of creativity, ingenuity and positivity.  Any math or computer major will tell you that the task is eternal in coming up with some kind of solution.  In writing poetry there’s the necessity to create something new that dwells within you.  Music is but the fabric sewn from magic, requiring you to surge with a creative urge.  It is all you can do to pursue that which is a part of you.

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

It wasn’t so much as a realization or an epiphany. It was when I made the song Prance Dance that I simply decided I was going to do an album.  I figured that rather than toying with a demo tape why not go straight to a finished product which can always be improved upon.  As a matter of fact it’s exactly how I do my poetry.  I don’t send in drafts.  I send in a finished product for review and from there all parties involved can see what to do.

With the album Fire Heart it was simply a burning desire to reach for something higher. So now this is what I pursue to do.

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

I feel others should learn about LtCol Richard Peace.  He’s a financial advisor out of Colorado Springs who knows how to assist you in establishing a sound financial foundation for life.  Whatever the topic or concern you may have he is there for you.  He is truthful and does not claim to have the answer to everything.  He feels the need for all of us to succeed.

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

I really don’t want the answer to be disseminated because I do not want to be a sob story with woeful allegories.

Grand Mal Seizures

Artificial Shoulders

Being Passed Over for Major

Being a Permanently Disable Vet


Major Depression

Me Getting in my Own Way,…

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

I think what is key is to build upon the pyramid of your talents, hopes and dreams.  In preparing, learning and exploring with dedication and determination you at least give yourself a chance to dance.  Don’t wait to be uncovered to be discovered.  Go at it now with at least the benefit of learning how.  Often efforts in one area translate to another.

Work on what you pursue to do on a day to day basis and let the calendar be your friend from beginning to end.

Maintain your health for you are your own musical instrument with which to play each and every day and remember to pray each and every day and please feel a need to assist others who are indeed in need.

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

Whatever it is that you want to do if you believe you can achieve even if you don’t do anything with it.  I set up Loftin Algorithms, Inc.  just to see what was involved in setting up a corporation.  For eons I did nothing with it.  Today it’s my record label.


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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley

June 11, 2013

DocWorleyEncouragement 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 Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley who at 46 sustained but overcame a massive stroke which left him paralyzed on one side and without the ability to talk.  However, by the sheer grace of God who in his great  wisdom,orchestrated a great team of doctors, physical, occupational  and speech therapists to “put him back together again” and as Doc says, “the greatest wife known to man”, Barbara, who made sure that we all complied and adhered to the cause.

Doc Worley received his B.S in Professional Biology from North Carolina A&T University and was awarded his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine and
Health Sciences.  After finishing his residency program in Oakland, San Francisco and Vacaville, CA., Doc and Barbara, also a doctor, opened a medical practice in North Carolina. After a few years, Doc started
itching to speak, meet and build and Barbara heard him scratch, so she kicked him out of the warm office for the freezing grounds of sales, marketing and the speaking circuit.  It was at that time that Doc
experienced almost all types of sales known to man…from health saving accounts to burial plots, legal services to financial services, real estate sales to car sales,  in home vacuum cleaner sales to in home
cabinet refacing to in trunk and in store cellular phone sales, vitamin sales to water sales and projects sales to project funding.

Doc is not too shy or ashamed to tell you….in a humble way that he has gained from all of his experiences. Doc has recently been accepted for PhD studies in Business Administration with a concentration in International business from North Central University. Why?…because he just wants to help more. Grady, his ventriloquist partner, will leave you in stitches when he visits occasionally.  Let the fun begin!

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

My dreams is to share joy and encouragement to the world by teaching principles of faith, perseverance and love that will penetrate doubt, discouragement and fear.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

My source of encouragement is Jesus Christ.  It is through Him that I exist and have been made better.

R is for Resource. What Resource do you have that makes you unique?

Networking is the key to collaborative efforts being taken to the next level.  Shared talents encourages greater dimensions, depths and perspectives which produces greater meaning, productivity and awareness. You can win with teamwork!

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

I knew that I was destined to speak at an early age because I always felt the need to connect compassion and humor with substance and inspiration to ease the frustration, fears and emptiness in people.  Through the test of time with trials and tribulations, the need has become greater.

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

Jesus Christ is my source if inspiration.  He suffered, endured and walked on water, yet he was talked about, spit on and beaten, yet he loved and never sinned.

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

Trials have been a great teacher for me.  They have taught me that troubles will not last forever and joy will come in the morning. I will never give up.

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

The keys of success are determined by your level of passion, positive attitude, moral servitude, tenacity, perseverance, focused vision and strength in God.

Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Leadership is having the ability to follow a mission with great intensity, undying determination, acceptance of responsibility, rendering no excuses and not caring who gets the credit as long as the mission is accomplished in truth and dignity!

Visit Dr. Derek “Doc” Worley for more information.

“Your Life Needs a SPARK” Tour with Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

March 5, 2013

SparkPhotoFor Immediate Release:

Countless individuals vow for a change. Be it spiritually, financially or mentally, goals cannot be accomplished without the encouragement to take the necessary steps. With a guiding hand and powerful words, Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes is here to help.

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes recently bought a 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The joy of driving the Spark and the love of motivating people inspired the message “Your Life Needs a SPARK.”

Encouragement Speaker will be available to bring the “Your Life Needs A SPARK” tour to the states of Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri. This is a great opportunity to bring in an International Energizer to uplift your staff or organization at the next meeting or event.

The “Your Life Needs a SPARK” Tour will last from June 5th through June 30th, 2013 and dates are booked on a first come first serve basis and they are filling up fast.

Derrick Hayes is coming to the Midwest to give back to the area that encouraged him first. Hayes is a 1988 graduate of Rantoul Township High School in Rantoul, IL. Hayes realizes that we are at a time where many are unemployed and too many live in fear. Now more than ever people need hope, a glimpse of a better tomorrow, a Spark. A Spark for one could be a new job and to another a Spark can be their family getting back together. Encouragement is what can ignite the Spark to bring someone out their dark.

Hayes is a highly sought-after speaker nationwide. He has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

Each day Derrick Hayes networks with leaders and executives all over the world with his blog Today’s Honoree, DERRICK Interviews and his Android and i-Phone app Motivation To Your Mobile.

If you would like to book the Encouragement Speaker on the “Your Life Needs a SPARK” Tour or for more information please visit, email  or call (706) 615-1662.

DERRICK Interview with Author Cedric Nettles

March 4, 2013

CedricNettlesEncouragement 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 Cedric Nettles who is the founder of SageRage Productions. Cedric is the author of ‘Torrential Waters’ and has a passion for creating other positive and hard hitting stories. His first film was a documentary on his alma mater which was the first black school to be accredited by the state Department of Education in South Carolina called ‘Mayo High School: 105 Years of Golden Heritage.”

Cedric served as an communications specialist and paratrooper for elite military intelligence unit. Later he was appointed squad leader for signal intelligence unit for the 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum NY.

He spent 6 years working behind the scenes for WPDE/WWMB Florence/Myrtle Beach. Cedric has acted in independent films and commercials, modeled, as well as consulted on other projects. He attended the University of South Carolina for Broadcast Journalism. He is a native of Darlington,SC.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to be a world class author and film producer. I just don’t want to make stories, I want to make a statement. I care about the messages I put out there, and I have a SINCERE passion for what I do. And for the people helping me do it. Not for ego, but for the message and the artistic way I voice that message.The resources are catching up to the dream, so look out! (:

E for Encouragement. What encourages you?

What encourages me is my Lord & Savior who gets me through life’s storms in order to make me stronger without ever compromising on my sense of ethics. You can’t stop what is for you, so that keeps me encourage.

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

The resources I bring to the table is being humbled in life threatening situations in youth. Humility is a resource because it helps me appreciate the many people that have helped me along the way. I maintain a high sense of humility to help ensure I never hurt another human being as I make my ascent to higher ground.I think that is a unique trait I have been told I had.

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

This is very simple. Every possible resource I dreamed of as a 17-year-old are trickling in now. Can’t stop it even if I tried. It is incredible. ‘I knew.’ So I knew my calling is kicking in at this stage in my life…And you know what? I am glad. It took the hard years to make sure I had the character to handle it.

I is for Individual. What individual do you think we should know more about and why?

My mother is the one person that comes to mind. She says to me to this day ‘Do the right thing, and things will fall into place.” It is hard, and that doesn’t mean you will get that treatment from others, but I always got 10 fold of whatever I put out there. ALWAYS CAME BACK.So why not do good in the first place. (:

C is for Continue. What makes you want to continue when things look bleak or optimistic?

I think right now at this stage of my life, I had to learn to take my eyes off myself and place it on other people. Again it humbles you when you try to uplift other people around you. Then you realize how blessed you really are.

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

Erasing the possibility of quitting. The word ‘quit’ should be a vulgar one to you. Run your race and don’t fall in the snare of comparing yourself to others running a different race. Take whatever time you need to get there…Don’t stop! If people really knew what is buried inside me and others they would be stunned. You think they are going to stop the pot shots after they find out?? Nope. People will criticize you for what they think of you, not what they know of you. You look me in the eye you see, passion,long-suffering, and faith. When I see that look in others, I already know where they are going. Get that look and never surrender your dreams,peace, and ideas to anyone.

Visit Cedric Nettles for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Entrepreneur Rhonda Mouton

January 22, 2013

RhondaMoutonEncouragement 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 Rhonda Mouton, CEO of The WISE Brand, has dedicated her professional and personal life to the empowerment and upliftment of communities throughout the world. She has been at the forefront of successful entrepreneurial ventures for over a decade.

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

My dream is to become an entrepreneur in business assisting other businesses in planning, procedures, and organizational tools to become successful. I have been working toward this goal for some time as a volunteer. I have achieved working with various organizations in their ventures.

E is for Encourage: What encourages you?

I am encouraged by the life of people who overcome adversity. Each person’s story is an inspiration of hope to continue my journey in life. I have approximately 20 years of experience in business and resources. Not to mention I am a life learner to better assist those who I help with cutting edge, business techniques and strategies. Helping others see their goals and visions come to life encourages me to continue on my life journey.

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

 My life experience is a resource for what to and not to do in business. I have a degree in Business Administration and Management. Networking, research and continued education keeps me updated on resources.

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

I never knew I was ready because I had no idea media was a part of my purpose. However, once I truly decided to follow the instructions of God it was He that determined I was ready and I only followed the plans.

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

 One person I feel others should know is Dr. Angella Allison Davis. She is an amazing woman, gifted to assist anyone realize their true potential. Dr. Davis is serious about helping individuals get to the root of their problems and better live life.

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

Personally I do not believe in failure. When something looks bleak or not optimistic I stand still and take an evaluation of it. I always think God knows when or if something is suppose to take place. I know if I am given a dream or vision I have to see what the end result is going to be no matter the time frame.

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

There are several keys to success I leave with entrepreneurs and leaders. They are (1) Be clear about your vision, (2) Be confident and do not stray when adversity comes, (3) Stay in your lane, (4) Get a support system, and (5) Pray.

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Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes Provides Back To School Motivation For Students and Staff

July 10, 2012

Countless students and staff vow to come back to school energized and ready for success. Be it in the classroom or outside the classroom goals cannot be accomplished without the right motivation to take the necessary steps. With a guiding hand and powerful words, Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes is here to help.

From assemblies for students to Professional Development workshops and seminars for staff Hayes empowers his message, “There’s More In STORE For You” to lift scholars and educators to their next level.

“There’s More In STORE For You” is an ideal program for meetings, conferences, and events at schools, colleges and educational organizations.

With over 20 years experience Derrick Hayes has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as Fulton County Board of Education, Muscogee County Board of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

As a featured writer, Hayes has had articles and columns appear in several publications and on many Web sites. Hayes has written for Next Step Magazine,,, The Anointed News Journal, and others. Most recently, Hayes has was a author contributor in The Power Of Persistence and Facebook For Your Business. Derrick Hayes current book is entitled 1 WORD Is All It Takes™.

Contact Derrick Hayes:

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.

New York Blog Series Announcement

November 28, 2011

If you have never got in your car and drove for hours one day find the time to do it. As a unit we all teamed up to travel and visit my wife’s family in Brooklyn, NY and we made the track all the way from Columbus, Ga.  With stops overnight in Baltimore, MD on the way up to New York and in Charlotte, NC  on the way back home we were treated to life and love through friends, family and the experience.

When my wife suggested that we drive I thought she was crazy. If we would of flew I would of missed out on a lot of the great stories that I’m able to tell you. I look forward to share my experiences with you in hopes that you get inspired to travel where life is ready to take you.

Like my friend Ty Howard always says ‘Nothing ventured, Nothing Gained.”    Through the New York Blog series I will take you from Columbus, Ga to Brooklyn, New York and back.

Are you ready for the NY Blog Series? Tomorrow will arrive with the New York Blog Series Part 1.