DERRICK Interview with Youngest U.S. Magazine Publisher Savannah Britt

February 4, 2013

SavannahEncouragement 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 Savannah Britt who is the socialite turned entrepreneur who successfully founded Girlpez Magazine at age twelve. Now at 18 years old, Britt has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Anderson Cooper Show, and Scholastic’s Ahora Magazine. She continues the magazine while launching a luxury swimwear line and a PR firm.

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

My dream is to inspire girls around the world, to show them that becoming an entrepreneur is possible to anyone who is willing to work. I have achieved so much as this age from being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine to becoming the Youngest Magazine Publisher in the U.S. But my dream continues, I am still trying to get my message to young girls out there.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My readers are what encourage me. They are the ones who send me their stories and insight, they are the ones who push me to put out my publication. I am motivated by their everyday struggles and problems whether it be dealing with anorexia or shopping on a budget, I feel like I am able to help them and that’s what encourages me.

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

I have a lot of industry friends and many of them I look to as resources. In addition, I have my family and friends that I look to for resources.

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

I realized I was ready at age twelve, when I started the magazine. I had been writing children’s book reviews for a newspaper and after the newspaper folded I was left unemployed but hungry too. I knew I was ready to expand my brand and begin my own publication.

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

One individual I feel others should learn about would be Oprah Winfrey. And I know it’s hard to say “learn about” Oprah because what’s there not to know about Oprah, but it extends far behind the surface Oprah. I think others should “learn from” Oprah, how one woman has been able to mold a brand, shape it and make money from it. She has attacked every avenue possible from hosting a talk show to owning a network to owning a publication to owning her own school for girls in Africa. She has managed to make a name for herself in so many ways which is a huge part of the idea of branding.

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

Seeing the end goal is what makes me want to continue. Failure is just a stop along the way. Seeing success is what pushes me.

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

Several keys to success would be planning, executing, and branding. I really stress that entrepreneurs plan what they want and where they see their company going. That means having a business plan that makes sense. In addition, executing is a big portion. This means doing what you say you will do. And lastly, branding is important. Making a brand for yourself is important, especially having an online presence.

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DERRICK Interview with Networking Expert Mechelle Tucker

December 17, 2012
MechelleTuckerEncouragement 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 Mechelle Tucker, p/k/a “The Networker’s Networker” is a creative authority in power networking because of who she knows, and has become a sought after business leader in the marketplace. Mechelle is an effective networker and has been practicing the art of networking for over 7 years. Power Networking is a SKILLED ART, not an activity for Mechelle.

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

My Dream is to collaborate and work with Oprah, Beyonce and Michelle Obama, 3 women I passionately admire. My goal is to business network with 1 million people.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

People who make the impossible possible always keep me encouraged.

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

I have numerous affiliations with working with mover’s and shaker’s of the economy and community based organizations as a power business broker who has represented size-able incomes for all clients.

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

When my 3rd party relationships started to benefit and/or profit off of my labor of introduction, connections and advice.

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

Dr. Will Moreland, Author and America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer. In 2012 I was mentioned in Dr. Will’s newest book “Genius Potential”, where he lays out the keys to lasting fulfillment in life, it’s discovering your special gift, your Genius Potential

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

My Faith is everything. My family is my biggest inspiration. My passion for networking is why I can’t stop, I won’t stop until I am over the top.

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

The 7 Keys to Sail to Success: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Relationship, Championship, Partnership, Mentorship and Membership.

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

I want all entrepreneurs to know that it’s possible to have your heart desires. Never allow your actions to get desperate because only inspired actions make a positive difference.

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DERRICK Interview with International Speaker Rebecca Morgan

October 30, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview  is with Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, who  is a high-achiever, bestselling author, trusted adviser to executives, international consultant, seminar leader that has has been featured in/on: 60 Minutes, Oprah, USA Today and NPR. Each week Rebecca sends out the SpeakerNet News to over 9,000 subscribers.

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

My dream is that Books For Treats will encourage people to give books to children instead of candy for Halloween. Books For Treats is now all over North America and my dream is to have every community have a Books For Treats event in their community every Halloween. In my local community of San Jose we are doing two events this year and our goal is give out 8,000 books.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Positive feedback from others and positive acknowledgement about my work, seeing the light come on when I do something that pleases them.

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

I think perseverance and plodding forward even when it seems like nothing else is happening. When you keep progressing and then you get calls up from Oprah it is something that makes you say “wow, if I had not kept moving good things would not have happened.”

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

I don’t know if I ever realized that I was ready. When I started speaking I was 24 and I was paid for my first talk.  Then a few years later a publisher asked me to write a book. Things happen and you say yes to them.

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

1. Jana Stanfield. Jana is a Grammy Award-winning musical artist who helps heal the world by taking others on trips to help others — to Volun-Tour.  Volun-tourism is the most fun form of enlightenment you will ever experience.

2. Scott Friedman. Scott is a past NSA (National Speakers Association) president and international speaker who in April 2005 brought the first Global Speakers Summit to Singapore. Three hundred international speakers and meetings professionals from 20 countries attended this event.

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

You look at your options and say, “I could be depressed and stay in bed or force myself to throw back the covers and go make something happen.” I look at my options and see which one is going to get me where I want to go.

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

Persistence and believing in what you do.

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

Early in my career I had a mentor who said, “When something comes into your life that will be to your betterment, say yes to it immediately.” Something magically happens when you say yes to good things.

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DR PHIL Is The Derricknym Of The Day

April 30, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

Learn From Like DR. PHIL (Doing Right Prepares the Heart for Increased Life).

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OPRAH Is The Derricknym Of The Day

April 25, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

Winfrey Knows OPRAH (Our Provider Reveals All from Heaven).

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