Senior Breakfast

April 13, 2020

Senior Breakfast is where High School and College Seniors come together for breakfast to receive inspiration and motivation so that they can be prepared to finish out the school year on a high note and not be scared for life they will live after college. Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” was they keynote speaker at the Senior Breakfast for the Class of 2020 at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia.

The DAILY Message for Tuesday January 27th, 2015

January 27, 2015

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  • Derricknym: Use Your PENCIL (Prepare Every New Creative Idea for Learning).
  • App: Today’s word is Fill. When you will wake up what positive thoughts fill your mind? What dream can you fill so your life doesn’t stay still? Fill your purpose and fill your life. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea: Hold back the things that can hold you up.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit email  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

DERRICK Interview with Running Wild Films Co-Founder Travis Mills

November 28, 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 Travis Mills. After growing up in Ecuador and the Comoro Islands near Africa, he settled in Phoenix, AZ. His youthful interest in film turned into a lifelong passion and he has pursued directing through school and outside of it in his adult years. Travis has made more than 30 short films in Arizona and two full length movies.  Travis is a storyteller. Travis Mills is the Director/Co-Founder of Running Wild Films.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

My dream is to develop a local cinema here in Arizona that is supported by the community and also has an international audience online. These would be self-sustaining films, produced and released outside of Hollywood, and featuring local actors/crews, highlighting local businesses, and telling local stories. In the last two years, I believe that with Running Wild Films, my team and I have started to lay the foundation for a true local cinema in Arizona.

R is for Resource. What resource do you have that makes you stand out or unique?

Our resource to this community is that we are committed to staying here. In film, most everyone wants to leave for L.A. at some point. We are not interested in that; we are committed to this place. So we are a consistent and dedicated business for the community to rely on and support, and we offer experience to all ages and skill levels interested in working on movies.

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

After seeing the direction most filmmakers took out of film school and being somewhat disillusioned with the limitations of being a filmmaker, my partner Gus and I realized the potential for a different kind of movie-making and that we had the freedom to create something new and vital here. That was a little more than two years ago and our passion has grown more and more.

I is for Individual. Can you name at least one person that we should learn more about and why?

Gus Edwards is a person anyone would be lucky and honored to know. He is an incredible source of knowledge about film, but also a great voice of liberation. He sees what film could be and encourages his peers/students to break new ground.

C is for Continue. When things look bleak what makes you want to continue?

When we fail, and we value our failures as much as our successes, it is our passion for storytelling that keeps us going. I am not doing this because it is “fun”. I am making films because I have to, it’s an undeniable part of me that I am not willing to ignore. When things get tough, I remember that I have no choice, I must continue.

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

Dive in without any hesitation. My favorite filmmaker Werner Herzog said that making a movie is like jumping off a skyscraper. You must take the leap and then embrace the fall. It’s a disturbing image on the surface, but an inspiring one beneath it. I think you must fully embrace your vision in any creative effort and not look back.

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

To anyone, I encourage you to stay where you are. Look at the place around you, value its people, its places, its stories. As the world gets bigger with the internet, I believe that we can and should focus more on the places, people and things around us more.

Visit Travis Mills for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Hustle University Founder Hotep

October 17, 2012

The #1 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 Hotep a native of Long Island and a  Georgia resident since 1991. Hotep is the Founder of  Hustle University which he calls the HBCU for entrepreneurs focusing in areas of self help and entrepreneurship that can turn your Dreams to dollars, Ideas into income, Passion to profit, and Craft to cash.

I first met Hotep a few years ago at the Twinkie Awards that is produced by Letitia Owens.  I still get energized ever time I talk to Hotep and that is why I wanted to DERRICK Interview him.

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

My dream is for Hustle University to have a seat at the United Nations. When this happens we will effectively be able to broadcast the Hustlers Gospel to people all over the world. This makes it official that you have been brought to the table to make things happen and represent hustlers worldwide.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by young people that are out there showing the commitment to make their own way. I’m encouraged by people that lead by example , people bold enough to live life on their own terms.

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

Combination of leadership of the civil rights movement,  intellect of the highest academic, swag of the Hip Hop generation and Culture and the business savvy of an entrepreneur. The mentality of a Hustler.

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

When I realized that people liked what I did but were more interested in learning  how I did it.

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

Marcus Garvey because he set the precedents and is the prototype for the Nation of Islam  and is the archetype for people like Malcolm X, Minister Louis Farrakhan and even President Barack Obama. People should learn more about Dr. Benjamin Mays  from Morehouse College as  he is the one that inspired  and influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

I’m an optimistic opportunist and it is in my nature to see the world for what it can be and also to take advantage of the opportunity to make it so.

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

Here are the  Hustlers 10 Commandments.

1. Network is your networth 2. Image is everything 3. The early bird gets the worm 4. It’s Lonely AT THE TOP 5. Success is where opportunity meets preparation 6. Business is personal  7. Everything is negotiable Everything 8.It’s not what you or who you know its who knows you 9. It takes dough to make bread 10. Know and believe in thyself

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

It is good to have faith but faith without works is dead so get on your hustle.

Visit Hustle University for more information

The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Friday

October 5, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes brings you The DAILY Message to empower and inspire you to your next level.

In This Issue:

1. Daily Derricknym is NOW. Do It NOW (Navigate Off Wisdom). You can also order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is College. Further your education in and outside of the classroom. Learn what you can while you can so you can inspire others to do what they can. When you lift others up it is called college to some and higher education to others. This is brought to you by Motivation To Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to not let your weekend be weak. Stand for something especially in line to buy a great book.

We provide you with the DAI (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas) so that you will be inspired to have a great DAY (Dreams Are Yours). If you have an idea that you would like to share that will empower others to take action  so they can have positive results please contact me at so we can promote you and what you do.

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.

DELAYED But Not Denied

May 19, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In my journey I have been DELAYED where my course was Detoured and I became Easily influenced. This put me at a Loss and I became Absent and then just Yawned all together. The Echo of trouble kept repeating in my life and soon caused Damage. Even with all that happening I was DELAYED But Not Denied.

Detour. Growing up I wanted to be a pro athlete or Hip Hop star. Year after year I would play various sports including basketball, football, track and field and bowling thinking this was the answer to my destiny. Rap helped me develop writing skills and I kept working on new ideas all of the time. Writing skills were different then study skills as I started to fall behind.

Easily. I didn’t even see it coming. Girls started to like me and if you had a girlfriend back then you were the man. More time was going into trying to meet Miss right than my academics and even my athletics started to suffer. There was no he said she said it was all about what she said.

Loss. When my grades and athletic ability started to decline I was not just at a loss for words I started to lose confidence. I was great with the girls but where it counted most I was replaced as a starter on the field. When you lose at one thing a feeling comes that you will lose at another.

Absent. By the time I graduated from High School I felt like my life was empty. I had played sports since I was 5 years old and had no scholarships offers to show for it. My confidence was gone and I hadn’t even taken the ACT Test so I could get into college.  I graduated from High School but the thing that was absent was my purpose.

Yawn. When you lose track of your goals and have no purpose you become bored. When you are not excited about too many things you will do whatever it takes to have fun. The hard lesson I learned was that in order to have fun in life you have to make life fun.

Echo. When you have no direction you will follow what everyone else is doing. I became an alcoholic at an early age. I mastered how to lie to my parents and stay out all night. I never knew the things I did as a child I would see done exactly the way I did them by my own children.

Damage. Sitting on the porch of my mother’s house I realized that I was damaged goods. I had to look in the mirror and hear the truth. I made it through High School but had not even applied to any colleges. My ACT score came back and I failed the test. Due to my health I had already ruled out a military career.

Just like many of you I was DELAYED But Not Denied. If you are on Detour turn around and get back on track. If you are Easily influenced buckle down and be the one that starts to inspire others. If you are tired of Losing, start winning. If you have been Absent show up and give quality time. If you don’t want to Yawn get up and make it happen at the break of dawn. Nothing is wrong with an Echo just find positive things to repeat. Guess what? The word is Damage and not done. Damage means you have been hit but not too hurt to holler back. When you are done it means that it’s over for you Rover.

I was DELAYED but that’s when my mother prayed

My son is DELAYED but don’t let him be denied

Let him do right and hear words from the wise

Inspire him to create what others want to buy

Bless him when he tries so his dreams are multiplied

Through the prayers of my mother and with the help of my Brother David I was able to pass the ACT and enroll in Tennessee State University and receive a B.A. in Business Administration.

I was DELAYED But Not Denied.

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April 30, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Ivan Gibson known as IG is best friends with Kevin NORANT. When IG and NORANT come together their bond spells out IGNORANT. IG and NORANT use IGNORANT to teach 8 life principles to help youth clear their life of anything that is IGNORANT.

I is for Inspire. When people become inspired they should want to stay inspired. Give powerful words of encourage to each other. Young people should hear you speak great of them like you do to others. The next time a youth messes up ask if you can give them constructive criticism? This will open up doors to better communication.

G is for Give. Back up what you say by giving others a role model to look up to. If we tie our shoes others might want to pull up their pants. Learn how to apologize when you make a mistake. This may be the best gift someone receives in their lifetime.

N is for Notice. Anyone can look and find something wrong with you. Take time and found out what people are good at. Many fall and come short because they never found their strengths and no one in leadership found it either. Look for the light that can keep others out of darkness. When you do others will come through for you.

O is for Opportunity. When you study a person and can’t figure out what a person is good or great at, ask them? You may discover an unhidden talent that can be developed. Just when you think you can’t help someone a few questions can open doors to many opportunities. Open up your database and call to see who can truly help the ones you want to help.

R is for Read. Al Tucker who is a great friend of mine has a gift to inform you what books you should read based on your abilities. When Al saw I wanted to become a better father he suggested the book Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy. When I was interested in spiritual growth I was presented with the Maxwell Leadership Bible. If we read what we need life will give us what we want.

A is for Adjust. One way to leave ignorance is to become better at the things that are relevant in our lives.  How we adjust to situations that comes to and through our life plays a vital role in how far we go. Learning how to do more or less is the critical balance we have to strive for that will keep us on the beam or off the team. Keep trusting the future by adjusting from time to time.

N is for Navigate. When you learn better you will earn better. Go forth wise so you won’t be caught by surprise. The adjustments you make today shouldn’t keep you from making achievement tomorrow. When you are able to keep going your progress will keep growing. People that used to just look at you will start to look out for you. They will even open the gate so you can navigate through.

T is for Team. I have never met anyone that totally made it by themselves. If anyone tells you anything else it may sound IGNORANT. We have to discuss discernment with the next generation so they will know who or who not they should work with. In business help will be in the form of a mentor or partner. In a life a mate or spouse will be your side. It takes a wise team to multiply your dream.

IG and NORANT don’t want you or your children to be IGNORANT. This is a story with the morals being that we need to camp out in our homes and schools so that less of us will be IGNORANT. Some will stay IGNORANT only because they or the ones before them refuse to leave an IGNORANT life.

If you are a parent that is holding children back from proceeding put that curse in reverse so they can go from worst to first.  If this doesn’t apply thank you for not being IGNORANT.

Derrick Hayes GRADUATION article makes it into BOSS Magazine.

April 16, 2012

Daily I write quotes and distribute them through out my social networks on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In that can also be downloaded as the Motivation To Your Mobile Android and iPhones app.

On April 5th here is what my message was:

Today’s word is Graduate. High Schools and Colleges will soon have Graduations. Look in your life and find ways to graduate from doing negative to celebrating positive.

Once Howard Clay who is the editor in chief of B.O.S.S. Magazine read the quote he immediately wanted me to write it into an extended article.

Please go to B.O.S.S. Magazine and turn to page 44. and read my “GRADUATION” article.

Mr. Hayes is truly in touch with the needs of the minority community today. His encouraging “word of the day” may be the difference in someone’s life. We are glad to have him contribute to the success of B.o.S.S. Emagazine. – Howard Clay, Editor In Chief of B.O.S.S. Magazine

DONATE or hire Derrick Hayes to speak at your next meeting, conference or event. Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker and can be reached at or (706) 615-1662.

Today’s word is School

March 21, 2012

Learning never stops. When you wake and before you go to sleep you are learning. When eyes are closed your mind is digesting each pearl of wisdom. Write down your name in front of the word school.

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Words Of Encouragement For Student TESTERS

March 4, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Every spring in schools all across the country students will be taking standardized tests to see how they rank in major subject areas. As America’s #1 Encouragement Speaker I have to do my part in inspiring our youth with words of encouragement to inspire their minds to great success.

Through the letters in the word TESTERS I give elementary school, middle school and high school students 7 things they can do to make a difference in their test scores.

T is for Think. Believe that you can pass the test and you will. Think through each answer so you will give yourself the best chance to finish strong.

E is for Eliminate. My brother taught me a long time ago to immediately eliminate the answers that don’t belong there. This is what helped me get into college after I had failed the ACT the first time around.

S is for Study. Take practice tests and work with others so that you will be better prepared on test day.

T is for Try. Give it your best. What you do today can make an impact on what you do tomorrow.

E is for Eat. Make sure you are eating properly even days before the test so you will have hunger for achievement and not hunger pains.

R is for Remember. Keep a fresh thought of why you are taking the test? This opportunity can change your life and the ones around you.

S is for Sleep. Get your rest especially the night before test day. Proper rest equals passing the test.

Let’s encourage our test taking youth to Think, Eliminate, Study, Try, Remember and Sleep and the success will make history.

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