Prime TImE Interview

September 22, 2020

with Kristen Karma who is a Pop Star and Songwriter from Toronto Canada and for more information please visit her website at

Prime TImE Interview

September 21, 2020

with Entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz

Prime TImE Interview

September 18, 2020

with Just Troia who is a Christian Coach, Author, and Transformational Speaker and for more information please visit

Prime TImE Interview

September 16, 2020

with Writer and Life Coach Dhara Singh

Music Monday

July 20, 2020

Mark Hall is my guest on Music Monday as we discuss each track on his EP 7:17

Life Skill Life School Episode 22

June 25, 2020

Coach Corry Black interviews with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” on Life Skill Life School Episode 22. In this interview Coach Corry talks about how to connect with other coaches, organizing events for athletes to get scholarships, and teaching others how to get 1 % better each day. Find out more information about Corry Black by visiting


Michelle Tucker Interview Part 2

June 23, 2020

Mechelle Tucker Interview Part 2 takes place on Life Skill Life School Episode 21 with Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” and in this conversation Mechelle Tucker is looking to be a blessing to at least 5 business owners. Please visit for more information on Mechelle Tucker.

Get It DONE and Turn Your Deadlines Into Headlines

April 29, 2020

I write this to share my story. If I can make headlines you can make headlines. In 2008 I was looking for ways to cost effectively market myself in the media. Two things were true in that I had no budget and I didn’t know how to do PR to get my name in the news.

I did research just like I do today to find PR newsletters that provide free media leads. Below is a list that I highly recommend. if you sign up and use these resources wisely  you will not only Get It DONE, but you will Turn Your Deadlines Into Headlines.

1. Help A Reporter –

2. Pitch Rate –

3. ProfNet  –

4. Blogger Link Up –

Sign up for their newsletters to learn how each one works and follow the DONE formula and you will turn your deadlines into headlines in no time at all.

D is for Deadline. When you receive the newsletters there will be a listing of queries in each. The first thing to look for is to see if you are a quality source and to check for the due date of when the request for information is due. Here is a sample of an old query that was posted in a newsletter.  Once you miss the date you have to move on to other queries as that opportunity will no longer be available.

Subject : Nominate Someone for Today’s Honoree

Website: Today’s Honoree –

Due Date: Ongoing

Categories: General

Query: It doesn’t matter how big or small you are or how much or less money  you have each Today’s Honoree has to be nominated by someone other than themselves.

Today’s Honoree has already featured the likes of Chandra Thorpe, Dr. Ben Thrower, Pastor Earl Carroll, Bob Hughes, Gus Deligiannidis, Joseph Andreula, Oliver Ross, Darren Marks and Salva Dut (Lost Boy of Sudan), and J.D.

The following information is needed for you to nominate someone or for you to be nominated for Today’s Honoree.

1. Who you are nominating?
2. Why are you nominating them?
3. Bio if you have one and it was not included above.
4. Picture of Nominee if you have one.
5. Video of nominee if you have one. (Embedded code from You Tube is preferred)

O is for Order of Importance. When you receive queries there will be some that are not due for a week or two but you feel that there is a strong chance that you will qualify. Now is a great time to submit as others that may qualify will wait until it is closer to the deadline.  If you meet all the requirements for the query and you submit early the reporter may close out their research early because you have helped them finish the story. Don’t feel bad if you miss  the cut this time around especially if reporters feel you are a good candidate for future articles.

N is for New or Not. When you receive the media leads look for the topics they are discussing. When you see the leads that you qualify for ask yourself is this topic new or not? When I know that the topic is general or repeated I save my answers in a file under General Topics. This saves you time when the topic comes up again. It is easier to tailor your answers from what you have already written instead of re-creating the wheel.  If the topic is not new then you already know what to do.

E is for Execution. One of the most important things you have to do with the media is to follow their rules. Each outlet has rules and they change from query to query and publication to publication. Simple rules that are listed are what to put in subject and the correct email to respond to. This is done to see if you can follow directions and also to help reporters keep track of all of the responses they receive.

Before you hit send, spell check and make sure you have the correct information listed. Fill out the email completely and be patient. I have had some responses come back the same day and I have had some come back in 18 months. A reporter may ask you for more information or to contact them at a later time. Do not pitch them for things outside the topic area unless they give you permission.

After reading this article there is no reason that you can’t Get It DONE  and Turn Your Deadlines Into Headlines.

Derrick Hayes is the author of  1 WORD Is All It Takes and the developer of the Android app Motivation To Your Mobile.

DERRICK Interview with International Singer/Songwriter Estelle California

January 27, 2020

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 Estelle California who is a singer/songwriter that was born in France. She started playing the piano when she was 5 years old, then saxophone and opera training. Her current life is a far cry from her childhood growing up in France, where discrimination was everywhere. In 2013, Estelle moved to Oakland, CA, where she felt drawn to the diverse and respectful community. Estelle’s lyrics offer an overall message of hope and gratitude. For more information about Estelle California please go to

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

I dream big, there were always a voice in me announcing big things coming up, but before I would resist and be on the way with my small deprecating ego, but I worked on not giving it the wheel anymore, it got very small and now I work with this voice actively to create my vision. My goal is to make some social change, to rise people up to empower them and participate in a movement that changes the white supremacist mindset we have been raised in.

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

I guess that because I grew up with no TV or siblings I read a lot and that is part of why I express myself writing this way, also the music obviously, a lot of the academic teaching I had in music and school blocked me in many ways as I was never fitting the mold, and was pointed as not being the way I should be and so on, but when I got over it then I could use it a resourceful language J

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

I would just say different and we all are, we just should be taught to embrace our differences and to be proud of them, it is the only way to be happy and to stand out. So for me I would say that the journey to get where I am today, that shaped me in who am to serve my music and my purpose is kind of unique full of darkness and gave me a lot to shine and give back, this is what the resilience is all about. And I am very grateful for all of what brought me where I am today, even the worst, there is nothing else I would like to do.

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

I think I am still realizing it, in a way, I always knew it was my destiny, even if I would forget sometimes, since I was a kid I had an idea, and recently all the winding and painful roads that lead to now, became so coherent.

I still doubt of course but I just don’t spend time in the doubt anymore, I know its not about me and I have been trained to do this all my life in all the ways not only musically at all but also my own strength and commitment and all, but also probably I have been trained from many past lives as well to do this … and that empowers me.

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

There are so many, I met so many amazing people here in the Bay. But if I have to choose one it would be Geoffrey Pete, he has a building in Oakland with two venues, every Sunday evenings there is a jazz, blues concert with food and soulful people, my favorite evening of  the week. And Geoffrey is a spiritual teacher as well not even knowing it, but he feeds the homeless for each holiday and asks us to thank them for the opportunity to serve them…. I mean how can it get more beautiful and spiritual than this….

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

Oh My… you don’t want the list 🙂 I even had to do a brain training of two years to get out of the fight or flight reflex that was not letting my brain able to command my body anymore … its to say how the journey was long to imprint me this way this deep…. But as many abused people and kids I think I was almost always shining and forgetting also a lot. The brain copes by cutting away part of you history so you can survive, I had events in my life, I would forget for few years few times, and then they would come back to me with therapy or with my writings, when I have begun to write again as an adult around maybe 27 beginning to emerge from all the drama and trauma with therapy I realized how these texts I was receiving in few minutes at night or suddenly but with no will, were a truth I would have to hang on to. This is still how I receive my song in the same process of truth coming out of me and to me.

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

I think each journey is different but for me the only key and still now, is investing time and money in me as my personal growth, my healing, my spiritual research and practice which is all the same actually and the Key to my music and my purpose.

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

Maybe you already know it with what you read but I think that we never hear it enough, all what we have to go through, the darkness, makes us who we are, shapes us to do what we have to do and be in this life. We all learn through hard lessons and the harder they are the more light we have to give back and shine. There is no curse, all happens for you not to you, I had to repeat this one a lot believe me … J we all have something unique to give to shine, and the ones who puts us down are often threatened by our light, it’s a way for them to feel safer, it’s a confession of insecurity …nothing to do with us and our self worth.

If you are a looking to have a DERRICK Interview for yourself  or for your client please reach out to Derrick Hayes and if you are a booking agent, talent buyer, meeting planner or event planner you can book or Interview Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” now by visiting, emailing  or calling (706) 615-1662

DERRICK Interview with Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop Chart Singer Ed Roman

October 27, 2019

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  Canadian iTunes Top 20 Pop chart singer, Ed Roman who is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres,
Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is a 2014 Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, a 2014 and 2018 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a two-time 2015 IMEA Award nominee, a 2015 and 2016 Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. Visit for more information.

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

The Dream? Aboriginal communities consider the waking state actually a dream and when you are asleep… this is where we chase reality. Some believe that inside of our existence there is a theoretical construct or omnipotent program which predetermines despite the adage of yesteryear was “I think therefore I am” With that said I will ask you again…what is the dream?

The dream has always been to create something out of nothing that is bigger than myself. Other than moments that I have witnessed that are the exquisite manifestations of nature, I am continually humbled by my experience as a writer. The connections that I have made with people all over the world are the exact amplitude that I was hoping for as a human being. I find much of my existence extremely pedestrian and this allows my soul to cosmically connect to subtle energy that exists and flows through everything. It’s an eternal spring kind of thing.

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

I struggled immensely academically as a result of dyslexia. I was told at a very young age that I had a problem but I actually have come to understand and believe that it is actually a gift despite it creates social hindrances for me.

I receive the Music scholarship and award of achievement in high school and went on to college to study jazz performance and composition at Humber College. I spent a lot of time on the road which is a whole other kind of education. Things you don’t learn in school.

I also taught music for 25 years and was also head of music therapy at the Pine River Institute here in Canada for over four years. I know the things I was given as tools were nothing more than that. As a teacher I always considered myself a toolbox for my students. What was most important for me as a teacher was listening to what my students wanted to learn as far as mechanics were concerned. I would never tell them how to build their house but I would definitely show them the right tools. Those very same tools I use every day as far as construction is concerned when it comes to composition, lyric writing or just about anything that the musical moment dictates.

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

The relinquishment of the self. The abandoning of schedule and listening to what the music requires from me. This resource was not easy to come by as it is a result of many years of tenure and the ability to let go of my ego inside of the writing experience. When I was a young player so much of what I was concerned with was prowess. Being able to live up to the expectations of my idols. Those very same expectations also promoted the loss of self and the need to break away from what I love so much to find myself. When I am myself, it is when I pay attention to what’s happening in front of me in the very moment that it’s happening. It’s almost like captured improv that later is then fortified with conscious amendments. Being myself is the most difficult Hendrix said in an interview once.. ?? It’s hard enough just being myself every day.. This is what creates uniqueness. Usually it’s heavily criticized at first before it is excepted. It’s completely natural..

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

Fantastic question!! What’s absolutely amazing about this whole experience is that I’ve never been ready. The experience is what has been ready for me. It is in fact the experience that calls on me without my participation the experience is nothing and I am nothing. I do get ready for gigs. I get ready to practice. I get ready to perform.
I get ready to record and just about everything that I need to as far as the mechanics of things. But what I’m never ready for is how the experience is going to affect me or when it’s going to happen. For me, it is a profound and as I mentioned humbling experience which in many cases I still have trouble grasping and understanding its true gravity.
I know it’s there, I know it affects me and when I perform…people listen.. This all circumnavigates the same circular feature of the unprepared preparedness of this whole beautiful experience. Ready… steady… go!

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

Ed Roman. You didn’t say if it had to be musical so I’m gonna go with Animator Nelson Diaz. I worked with Nelson and his company based out of New York City There Be Dragons Creative Media on my latest project and video release “RED OMEN”. Nelson is a fantastic animator that borders lines on the fantasy of old World animation ideas and illustration that we fell in love with his children with a 21st century modern concept and flavour. If you’ve seen SpongeBob SquarePants, kung fu panda two, TED, things on Sesame Street and Teletoon that would be Nelson’s work. And absolutely fantastically creative mind.. it was a complete pleasure to be able to work with him and I will do so in the future.

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

Ed Roman. As I mentioned above I was labelled a dyslexic at a very young age. This was one of the worst things that could’ve happened to me. Not struggling with dyslexia but being labelled as such.. I had to work three and four  times harder than most kids in grade school and high school in order to achieve a C average. I was still told by my teachers that I was lazy. At a very young age when I was diagnosed they wanted to put me on Ridellan. Thanks to my mother who said no to that…she spent countless hours with me working on word power pronunciation reading and most of all put a guitar in my hand at a very young age. That was the most powerful weapon I had at my disposal to overcome my hurdles.. Music..

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

Ed Roman. Listen to what the moment dictates. Force not your opinion but listen to those around you and things will grow stronger than you had predicted.

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

I’d like to say thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you.

Right now my main goal is to raise a great deal of money for facilitating programs for Dyslexia tutoring. Many of the tutoring programs that were developed in the United States have to be paid for out-of-pocket and are not endorsed by federal systems or integrated into early education. 56 nations around the world, other than Canada and the
United States, have adapted it into their programs with little to no effort. I’m hoping RED OMEN can open up a dialogue between ministries of education in order to foresee this simple step through.

When I reached out with my problem I found the very thing that I was labelled with, which was dyslexia, was my biggest gift of all. Sometimes we don’t realize that our greatest hindrances are our greatest strengths. The connection that I have made through the dyslexia society here in Canada “Whole Dyslexia” and the Davis dyslexia society in the United States are always looking for public support for these kinds of programs. I asked the public to follow along with the process over the next year as I will begin a public and corporate fundraising campaign. Along with the RED OMEN Video, Whole Dyslexia and the public’s help, I know we can bring about a positive change.

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