MORNING Is The Derricknym Of The Day

March 26, 2012

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

Good MORNING (Meeting Others and Realizing their Needs Inspires New Growth).

Bring a Derricknym signing to your event or Order a Personalized Derricknym


Book The W.O.E. Man Show For Black History Month in 2012

December 16, 2011

Do you have a Black History Month program coming up?

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

From the work place to the church pews, people need encouragement to propel them to the God-given success they already possess, Hayes says. While it’s inside already, sometimes an extra push is needed. I strive to provide that.

Hayes has the unique talent of turning names and words into positive messages within seconds right before your eyes.  Hayes calls these Derricknyms. His critically acclaimed first book by the same name (first print 2000) has been utilized in corporate, religious and scholastic settings. Personalized Derricknyms can be ordered by going to One of the most frequently used Derricknyms is W.O.E.

I always tell people to make sure they give others a W.O.E. daily. Hayes says, “In the general context, a woe is a problem.” In the Derricknym fashion, it is a Word of Encouragement.

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, 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 written Grow The “F” Up ( and is a contributor to the thought-provoking book, Can Hip-Hop Be Holy? In the fall of 2011 Derrick Hayes released his highly anticipated ebook entitled, 1 WORD Is All It Takes™.

You can now book The W.O.E. Man Show for Black History Month by visiting Derrick’s website at, send an email to or call (706) 615-1662.

New York Blog Series Part 7: Walmart, Frito Lay and Herman Cain.

December 14, 2011
As we left New York our goal for the day was to make it to Charlotte, NC.  and rest for the night. During the journey we had to make an emergency rest room stop for the children. On US 29 in Charlottesville, VA I saw a Walmart on the right so I thought it would be a good idea for us to use the restroom and get our snacks for the rest of the trip. I was happy as I got  a Pepsi, Snickers and a bag of my favorite chips from Frito Lay Cheddar and Sour Cream.
I started to drink my soda, ate some of my candy bar and as I opened my bag of chips all I could think about was Herman Cain and his 999 Plan. All I saw was 9 chips in the bag that I just spent 99 cents on. The laugh I received was worth what I didn’t receive in the bag.  Dear Cheddar & Sour Cream, you are still my favorite chips. As we exit right out of Walmart and back on US 29 I see a sign that reads Charlotte is only 3 hours away.


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