You Can Help SPONSOR Derrick Hayes Next 2 Events

February 1, 2014

TSUDerrick Hayes is offering Individuals, Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Organizations a chance to SPONSOR his upcoming events. In the 1st Quarter of 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking to college students in the states of Tennessee and Pennsylvania on the topic of “Building Relationships in College and Out” and he wants to take you along with him.

You can now market you and what you do in two places for one fee.

On February 28th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN at the 2014 Best Practice for Student Success, Inclusion & Retention Summit.

On March 24th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Clarion University in Clarion, PA as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series.

collegespeakerAt each event Derrick Hayes will be giving the audience attendees a handout along with a Sponsorship Page. Each Sponsor will be allowed to have a listing in the handout that can include their company name, contact person, contact information along with how to connect on social media. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to give a DOOR (Derrick Offers Other Resources) Prize that will be raffled off or given away at each event and this will give Sponsors another way to discuss you and what you do. Each Sponsor will also receive a mention on the blogvertisements and Sponsorship Page.

The Sponsorship Fee is $50 and the deadline for both events is February 21st, 2014. If you want to give more or less than the Sponsorship amount click DONATE and let us know if you want to be listed or if you want to remain anonymous.

Contact Derrick Hayes to sponsor his next two events or for more information visit email or call (706) 615-1662. Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available to speak at small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops.

The Importance of Building Relationships While In College

October 20, 2013

DanielBlackBy Daniel Black

I can’t stress enough the importance of building, maintaining and pursuing new relationships while you’re in college. Unlike high school and the years that come before it, your core focus throughout your college years should be to prepare yourself for the professional world that awaits you. While critical thinking development, self reflection and expanding your knowledge base are without a doubt, essential elements of the college experience, too often do students overlook the importance of strengthening, expanding and investing in the notion of social capital.

When I speak of building relationships, I’m referring to a wide range of relationship types. Whereas friendships are extremely important, they should only make up a portion of your overall social pie. As you make the transition into the professional world, your ability to be successful will often correlate with your ability to build and develop effectively/efficiently your network.

Networking Resources:

  1. On-campus Clubs, Resources, Organizations & Associations
  2. Career Services and Parents & Alumni Relations
  3. Off-campus Organizations & Associations
  4. Professors & Faculty
  5. Extended Family
  6. Alumni Network
  7. Family Friends
  8. Classmates
  9. Job Fairs

Fortunately, relationship management in the digital age is far more efficient than ever before due to the wide range of software and social platforms available. While Facebook is the clear market leader in social media, I do not recommend using Facebook to build your professional network. Instead, be sure your privacy settings are heavy and only accept friend requests from those you know well and want to keep in touch with on a more personal level.

Linkedin is the “world’s largest professional network.” If you have not done so already, be sure to sign up with Linkedin and invest substantial time in developing your professional profile; it will be one of your greatest assets as you transition into the real world. Once you’re comfortable with the quality of your overall profile, be sure to connect with everyone in your current network. The list of relationships mentioned above should be a good starting point.

In addition to the more well known social media platforms, there are a handful of other professional relationship networks I would recommend looking into such as:

  1. Your Local Chamber of Commerce
  3. Join Professional Groups within Linkedin
  4. B2B Networks like LeTip International
  5. Young Professional Networks
  6. Local Membership-Based Organizations & Associations
  7. Attend Local Events Hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) among others

All in all, there are an endless number of relationship building/management recourses available to us. In order to network effectively, respect, integrity and staying true to yourself are focal elements that must be met. Despite the fact that you will never get along with everyone, be sure to avoid burning bridges at all costs; you never know who you’ll eventually run into.


Daniel Black graduated from Claremont McKenna College in May of 2011 and serves as an education outreach advisor for  As a thought leader in the education space, Daniel enjoys providing both students and recent graduates with advice, suggestions and recommendations.

Why It’s Important to Build Relationships in College

October 16, 2013

KristyHBy Kristy Hessman

Whether you know it or not, the relationships you form as a college student are invaluable to your future. From the day you move into your dorm, to the day you walk across the stage with your graduation sash, gown and cap in place, you have the opportunity to make connections that can change the course of both your personal and professional future.

That’s why it’s a great idea to get involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations during your time in undergraduate or graduate school. It may seem like common sense if you are interested in, say, politics to get involved in student government, but there are a number of organizations – from sororities, to fraternities, to sports clubs, to service organizations – that can help you expand your network of connects beyond your usual comfort zone.

I myself have countless examples of how the close friends I met while in college influenced and changed the course of my life, but what really surprises me is how many of my college connections turned out to benefit my professional future.

I attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University. The school didn’t have a formal journalism school but it did have Liberal Arts major, which was my major. I graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts with a media focus and a minor in business. During my time at OSU I spent three years working at the school newspaper where I met a number of colleagues and friends with similar professional interests. After going on to graduate school and later getting a job as a reporter, I used a number of my connections to help start my career.

Later, after having worked as a journalist and then spending years in the corporate marketing and communications field, I was ready to return to writing. I reached out to a college friend who I had worked with at the student newspaper. She was able to get me my first freelance gig with a financial publication. As I became more established as a freelance writer, a different colleague from the same student newspaper got in touch with me to help a friend of his who needed some writing done for his newly started venture. That then led to another freelance contract from his friend who owned a small business. And it all started because of the relationships I built as a student back at Oregon State University. The moral of the story? Never take for granted the relationships you can build while in college (and beyond).

Kristy Hessman is an Oregon State Alumni and freelance writer who lives and writes San Francisco, California.

DERRICK Interview with Yoga Expert Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

February 25, 2013

AcharyaYogaEncouragement 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 Acharya Sri Khadi Madama who is a veteran speaker, workshop leader and special retreat host of 40 years.  Visionary, celebrity and author, she has a lot to share on a variety of subjects.  She is among the prestigious speakers listed with MPI (Meeting Planners International) and has bridged several speaking genres from motivational, spiritual, wellness, stress management and, of course, on the subject of Yoga.

Because of her versatility as a speaker, she has spoken to Realtors, health care professionals, at beauty trade shows, expos, museums, radio, college campuses, corporations and TV.

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

My dream is to be able to start a non-profit organization in order to create a safe community for homeless women and children living in India by  creating a “pod project” of small bungalows created out of modified storage pods  that are self sufficient ie, solar panel to heat water, rooftop gardens. They  would be in safe gated communities with a large common house in the center for a  community kitchen and baths. The pods, although tiny would provide shelter. The  common house would also offer classes in reading, writing, and other Artisan crafts to help make the women independent.

In 2009, I received the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India Award) from the NRI Welfare Society, an esteemed organization that works very closely with the Indian Government. As far as I know, I am the only non-Indian origin person to  have received this award, which is usually reserved for NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) living abroad who help to sustain Indian culture around the globe. It  has been my dream to use my award status to gain visibility and credibility to  start the pod project.

E  is for Encourage. What encourages you?

This is a very difficult question because there is not one answer. I just seem to have this continuous flow of imagination that doesn’t seem to have a  limit. I am a prolific writer in several genres and a lot of creative energy. I  also have a passion for trying to make the world a better place. I’m blessed  with not needing others to encourage me. I’m usually the one encouraging them.

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

My imagination; accountability; follow throw; positive attitude; good time management and I know how to take care of myself as well as know when it’s time  to rest until my battery is recharged. I’m also good at saying no, when it needs  to be said.

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

Ideas incubate pretty quickly for me. As a writer, once I get an idea, I just start to write. I never have writer’s block and I never run out of ideas or  concepts. As for the pod project, it has been a very long running idea that I am  still not sure of how to bring to fruition, but having friends now retiring to  India, where I’ll be able to spend time, will make it a lot easier.

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

James Redfield. Author of the Celestine Prophecy. James is a true visionary of our times. He runs the Global Prayer Project for twice monthly  prayer/visualization and they are wonderful. Although I am a bit of a visionary myself, I rely on others to illuminate my own path.

Sarah Ban Breathnach. Author of Simple Abundance; Peace and Plenty; Something More, Moving On and more. Sarah is another visionary but probably doesn’t realize just how much of one she is.

The above two authors are my faves. I will read anything they write over and over again.

Chellie Campbell.  Author and financial stress relief visionary of The Wealthy Spirit. Her inspirational message is a salve for the challenging shifts  in the economy. Chellie is fabulous and friendly. This New York Best Seller List  author answers her own phone!!! She is truly inspiring.

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

I am an avid martial artist with 4 black belts, in 4 halls of fame and an author on the subject as well. as a warrior, I do not ever back down. when I  feel like I’ve gone 5 rounds with Tyson, I let myself crawl into bed with some  camomile tea and honey, darken the room, light a candle; maybe do a crossword  puzzle to reset my brain, let myself doze off and when I awaken, I’m ready to  get back up and start over again until I find the right solution. I also ask for  Divine Guidance.

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

Be VERY organized. Even the little things count. When the day doesn’t go right–you can’t get a hold of anyone, the mail is slow, no one is returning  phone calls—organize your desk, your files, your to do list. Pay attention to  small details. Freshen your office. This shifts the energy. Do some  affirmations, take a walk in the garden. do martial arts, yoga. Do something completely opposite to create an energetic pendulum effect. Call someone up and  ask what you can do for them? Remember: Tomorrow is another day; Look at things  differently and find another way.

Visit Acharya  Sri Khadi Madama for more information

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.