Don’t Complain…COMPETE: The 7 Things You Will Gain Along The Way

March 29, 2020

by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer”

A few months ago I was at the IMPRESS ME Sports facility with Calvin Hodge and I purchased a wristband that read Don’t Complain…COMPETE! This inspired me to think about The 7 Things that we will gain if we just COMPETE.

C is for Confidence. The more you train to be at your best you will start to see great results when you are in the game. When you see for yourself that you are able to compete with the best that is out there it will instill confidence in you.

O is for Others. As you gain more confidence others will find ways to use your talents and put you in more positions to grow and become great. Even boxers, golfers and tennis players have others with them and behind them so never forget that it takes a team to build up your dream.

M is for Motivation. When you start to see the light that you can become you know that there is a tunnel for you to travel through.  Always wake up with the will to get the most out of your skill. Not everyone has the same talent but everyone has the opportunity to get the same results.

P is for Purpose. The more you play the game or give back to your industry the more you will learn what wakes you up and why you even want to keep on keeping on.  The less you complain and the more you train the more your purpose in life will have the opportunity to gain.

E is for Endurance. When you know your purpose more times than not you are more than willing to give it all you got to make or keep your spot. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. always says “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” Even when you see a stop sign it does not mean it is a symbol for you to stop what you are doing forever.

T is for Test.  Any scholar or athlete that wakes up motivated with a purpose is going to be hard to beat once they put their feet on concrete.  The more you are prepared and willing to make it happen the more tests that you will pass with flying colors. There are levels for you to climb and each step you take up the mountain the closer you will be to reach your peak.

E is for Excellence. How great do you want to be? Are you the champion that you want the world to see? Ex is in the world excellence because along the way you will have to ex out people, places and things that you used to do that stand in the way of your breakthrough.  Raise your arms in the air like Rocky. You started out as a beginner and now you are a winner.

The next time you get ready to complain, think about this lesson and COMPETE.

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Asjha Jones Interview

March 13, 2019

Asjha Jones Interview took place at the Selah Freedom event in Atlanta, Georgia during Super Bowl 53 Weekend. Visit her website at and for the full interview please go to

Richard Salgado Interview

February 25, 2019

Richard Salgado Interview took place at the Selah Freedom event during Super Bowl 53 weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado’s clients include first round NFL draft picks, stars of the NHL, NFL and MLB, plus coaches, managers, agents and TV personalities.

After a strong college career playing football at the University of Maryland, Rich understands that athletes and performers need to safeguard their lives, careers, and families. With 15 years experience, Rich created Coastal Advisors as a way of keeping his clients safe and making their lives better.

A well-known contributor to the world of Sports Business, Rich has appeared on FOX News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox & Friends, and the FOX Business Network, and has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, NFL Network, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, the New York Post, and many other journalistic websites.

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Team SALGADO: Richard and Fay Talk Relationships to help Others Build Championships

February 17, 2016

SalgadoTeamBrought to you by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

If you ever get to meet Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado and walk with him next to his shoes for the day it is quite an event in itself. It could even make you say if he ever meets the woman of his dreams that she would be on top of the world. When Fay came into Richards life they began to build their own dream team with relationship chemistry.

In this Exclusive interview Team SALGADO sat down with me to share insight from inside the mind of Sports and Entertainments two of a kind and through their name SALGADO, Richard and Fay share their life as new husband and wife.

The S is for Special: What is it about your spouse that is oh so special?

(F) He never leaves my side.

(R) She’s as smart as she is as beautiful.

The A is for Athlete: What Athlete does your spouse most remind you of and why?

(F) WILLIAM PERRY aka The Fridge .. A BEAST Unstoppable.

(R) Peyton Manning because she’s a take charge quarter back of our home.

The L is for Lesson: What has your spouse taught you about yourself that no one else had the courage to tell you?

(F) To be conservative. Sometimes I have too much passion and can’t keep a balance.

(R) She taught me the importance of family and unconditional love.

The G is for Gift: What gift did your spouse give you that did not cost anything but means everything to you?

(F) His life, he made me his equal partner .

(R) Marrying me, she gave me the biggest gift I ever had that day .

The A is for Away: When your spouse is away what is it about them that makes you want to smile?

(F) His laugh and when he comes flying in the bed like super man .

(R) When she says I want to come home

The D is for Direction: How does your spouse keep you on the right track?

(F) He ignores me when I babble.

(R) Ohhhh she does don’t worry. Ha. She never holds back, she’s always on top of everything, which I need sometimes. As they say behind every good man is a good women. Well that’s my wife.

The O is for Others: Why is it important to be in a relationship with someone that want to help give back to others?

(F) Because it stems from a child watching my own mother suffer cancer and being a single mom. I know the feeling of what a family struggles through to beat cancer.

(R) Because we want us both to have the same believes and morals .

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(Fay Salgado)

Fay Salgado is the partner & co-host of the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic and that special bond inspired her to create the Baby Daddy Celebrity brunch of her own identity and be on the lookout for Fay’s new Sports and Entertainment Agency with website coming soon at

(Richard Salgado)

After a strong college career playing football at the University of Maryland, Rich understands that athletes and performers need to safeguard their lives, careers, and families. With 15 years experience, Rich created Coastal Advisors as a way of keeping his clients safe and making their lives better.

A well-known contributor to the world of Sports Business, Rich has appeared on FOX News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox & Friends, and the FOX Business Network, and has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, NFL Network, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, the New York Post, and many other journalistic websites.

(Derrick Hayes)

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 Indra Public Relations CEO MJ Pedone

December 14, 2012

MJPedoneEncouragement 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 MJ Pedone who has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. MJ’s ability to present and articulate strategies and high profile events has always been recognized as exceptional landing her clients both national and international media attention. MJ’s friendships, relationships and roster of clients read like a “who’s who” of Professional Sports, Entertainment and Corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies, has led to unique and successful cross marketing opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character and is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her firm and trusting relationships.

MJ was awarded Puglia’s Award of Excellence for industry leaders and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Women. MJ is a contributing writer of Media Magnetism in which she wrote the Foreword and is small investor in the animation Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the N.Y. Yankees which will be released to theaters Spring 2013.

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

My dreams and aspirations change as I cross them off my list which allows me to set new goals. My business was a goal and working with  entertainers, athletes and nonprofit organizations on their PR campaigns, red carpet events and making a difference in the lives of others. I constantly set new goals that keep me motivated and challenged.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement comes from my parents who I admire and respect the most.  They have always instilled in me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and that quitting is never an option. In 2006, my father was trying to convince me that I can win the NYC Marathon as long as I put my mind to it and not give up. Needless to say, I didn’t win but his words carried me through the finish line.

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

I bring many resources to the table but the most outstanding is the network and contacts that I have been able to build through friendships and business relationships throughout the years and combining it with my experience and knowledge of the business.

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

I was fortunate to realize that I would be running a public relations firm and working with professional athletes and organizations while I was a freshman in high school.  I knew I would be an entrepreneur with my own business and would be able to handle many different responsibilities that a “Superwoman” can handle. I have been blessed with such characteristics and abilities.

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

I believe everybody can learn from the wisdom of the Buddha and incorporate his disciplines in their own lives. The name of my company, Indra Public Relations comes from a Buddhist word meaning the king of the gods; controller of the senses, and the beauty and splendor of heaven.

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

Failure is the greatest part of learning and motivation.  Each of us fail at a certain points in our lives. I never looked down on myself and always figured out a way to turn a negative into a positive which makes me successful.

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

The key to success is to keep an open mind and obtain as much knowledge and insight that you can.  Be open and honest in your dealings and have the confidence and faith in yourself.

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

 Be the best role model to your children and raise them with good ethics.  Our children are our future leaders of the world. Also, do at least one kind act each day that you would want people to do for you and others. It can be as simple as saying good morning to a stranger on the elevator or holding open the door for somebody.  Kind acts are contagious! Aspire to inspire.

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Welcome To Arlington, Texas

April 30, 2012

Nikki Stephens would like to Welcome you to Arlington, Texas

I’m Nikki from Arlington, TX. You’ve definitely heard of it if you’re a fan of Texas sports, Texas amusement parks, or good ol’ Texas food. Right in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is the entertainment heart of North Texas.

When it comes to Arlington, it can’t just be described in words. You get the sights, sounds and aromas that keep visitors traveling to and from Arlington year round. It can’t just be described as “fun” for someone to believe it.

It’s where you can walk outside on any given summer day and hear the faint screams of park goers who’ve left their stomachs at the top of the Titan rollercoaster at Six Flags. It’s where the lights at Cowboys Stadium ignite the skyline and can be seen for miles around. It’s where Rangers Ballpark in Arlington cradles spectators against the summer sky, fresh with smoke from home run fireworks.

It’s where there’s plenty of variety, so you can eat whatever and wherever you want while you’re here. Pair some Irish nachos served smothered and delicious at the historic local haunt J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill with one of the 500 different beers from World of Beer. Make a pit stop downtown for some Mellow Mushroom Pizza or a Babe’s Chicken. Venture to Prince Lebanese Grill, Taste of Europe or Chop House Burgers—which have all been graced by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ blonde mastermind Guy Fieri.

Arlington is home to area well-known shopping centers including the Parks at Arlington, where the kids love to ice skate and the parent’s love to shop; Lincoln Square,  containing some of the most well-known stores and boutiques in Arlington; or the Shoppes at Brownstone Village, a one-of-a-kind marketplace with delicious boardwalk pastries, food and specialty boutiques.

It’s where the Bowling Proprietors Association of America relocated the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame for guests to get the chance to see and hear 5,000 years of bowling’s past, present and future. Not to mention, the USA Olympic Bowling team practices in the bowling campus next door!

Football and College Bowl season makes its way to Cowboys Stadium in early fall attracting diehard pigskin fanatics for all over to Arlington, where we take football seriously. Not forgetting that for the past two years, the two-time ALCS champs Texas Rangers have brought out-of-town baseball fans to Rangers Ballpark for not one, but two World Series legs!

Events such as December’s Christkindlmarket, based on the annual authentic German Christmas celebration, turn Arlington into a winter wonderland full of holiday cheer and Christmas magic straight from the streets of Nuremburg.  Christmas lights, food, and a jolly good time leave with each and every visitor.

Year round, Arlington continues to be the entertainment capital and home of Texas, where its visitors love it just as much as those who are proud to call it home.

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TRAYVON Is The Derricknym Of The Day

March 20, 2012

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

TRAYVON (Today’s Racism Against Youth Vividly Opens Negativity) Could Be Me.

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

10 Things That Make MAYWEATHER Promotions The Past, Present and Future in Sports and Entertainment

January 4, 2012

by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

In my lifetime I have been super excited about 3 welterweight boxers. Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  My love for boxing started in 1976 when I saw Sugar Ray stand on the podium and accept his Gold Medal for the U.S. Olympic Boxing team. After the 1984 Olympic Games I started to follow the career of Sweet Pea Pernell Whitaker. Now unless you have been hidden under a rock for the last 15 years the one thing that the boxing industry knows is that “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, Jr.”

Whether you love or hate him through his name MAYWEATHER I’m here to cement his legacy of greatness with 10 reasons why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a Mega Star.

M is for Mouth. Not since Muhammad Ali has the world seen a boxer with as much mouth as Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ali went toe to toe with Howard Cosell and Floyd generates buzz by giving it right to the ears of Brian Kenny. Life and death of your success are in the power of your tongue.

A is for Action. With free speech you can say anything but can you back it up? Floyd walks what he talks each and every time he enters and exits the ring. He has been the best pound for pound champion for over 15 years.

Y is for Yearn. In recent months Floyd has renewed his passion for the boxing game. With a great performance against Victor Ortiz the world took notice on the great things that are in store. Even on bad days you have to want it more than the next guy.

W is for Work. The work outs that Floyd does are second to none. He walks around close to his fighting  weight and only has to lose 3 pounds to be ready for his fights. On fight night he only gains a few pounds while other fighters gain 10 to 20 pounds that tends to wear them down in later rounds.

E is for Extracurricular. No other fighter since Sugar Ray Leonard has captured the imagination of the public. Floyd is versatile and is marketed well to the mainstream. In between fights you have seen him on WrestleMania, Dancing With The Stars, and on various commercials. Floyd even connects well with Dog lovers as he has a video with man’s best friend Izzy Balling.

A is for Attitude. When you hear Floyd speak he does not lack for confidence. He loves to say “If I don’t believe in myself who will, and God doesn’t make mistakes” In the hurt business you have to have the attitude that you can win no matter what comes your way.

T is for Teamwork. Floyd Mayweather always humbly thanks his team. On HBO’s 24/7 when he hits the speed bag he says “Hard work” and the team immediately responds by saying “Dedication”. After the Victor Ortiz fight Floyd took time out during the post fight press conference to bring his team on stage to thank each and everyone of them.

H is for Haters. When you’re undefeated you will have people that love you and others that hate you. Floyd’s popularity rose even more when Larry Merchant challenged him by saying “if I was 50 years younger I would kick your ass”. Fans get caught up in the emotions of boxing. First it was DeLaHoyaHatton  and now it is Manny Pacquiao that is supposed to be better than Floyd. One of Floyd’s secret fans that hates on him the most is Skip Bayless.

E is for Empowerment. One thing Floyd makes sure of is that he gives back to the Las Vegas community through his FMJ Foundation. The FMJ Foundation was founded by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 to empower and encourage community alliances, impact youth leadership and strengthens family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism and education resulting in a healthier community.

R is for Relevant. The Klitschko’s are dominating the Heavyweight Division but they are still not pay per view fighters. Floyd fan base is so great that they have changed it from Pay Per View to May Per View.  According to ESPN Mayweather’s blockbuster pay-per-view 2007 fight with De La Hoya produced  an all-time pay-per-view record 2.45 million buys with revenue of $136,853,700.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has a big Mouth but backs it up with great Action. He Yearns to out Work every opponent. The Extracurricular activities never change  his Attitude of believing in himself and his Team. Haters will always be in the picture even when he Empowers the community and keeps the sport of Boxing Relevant.

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.

Encourage Kids to play all sports

December 12, 2008

by Mike McFeely

There’s a basis for Lucia’s sudden interest in the off-season activities of his recruits, of course. Edina High School’s Zach Budish, a Gophers recruit, blew out a knee during Minnesota’s playoffs and will spend his winter rehabilitating instead of playing hockey.

“It doesn’t break my heart now if a kid decides he’s not going to play football once he’s determined he’s going to play hockey here,” Lucia said. “I’d almost prefer it.”

Aside from Lucia’s stunning display of selfishness – you don’t own the kids, Don, they’ve just decided to play hockey for your team – the message he is sending is the wrong one. High school kids should not be discouraged from playing multiple sports for any reason – increased risk of injury included. The encouragement from every side should instead be this: The more the merrier.

High school athletes for years, particularly in larger communities and particularly with ultra-successful teams, have been encouraged to “specialize” in one sport, to focus their energy and training in one direction. The encouragement for specialization often comes from two sources: coaches and parents. The coach wants kids to help his team win, the parent sees a college scholarship.

It’s happened right here in Fargo-Moorhead. There’ve been local high school coaches who discouraged their athletes from playing multiple sports. There are certainly overactive parents.

It’s wrong. Period.

High school athletes – heck, all young people – should be encouraged to play as many sports and be involved in as many activities as they can possibly fit in. Their experiences should not be limited because somebody else wants to benefit from them specializing in one sport or another.

It’s all about the big picture, encouraging young people to have as many varied experiences as possible. Hockey? Sure. Football? You bet. Baseball? Go for it. Soccer? Absolutely. Volleyball? Yes. Softball? No doubt.

That sort of variety will only expose kids to different teammates, different disciplines, different skills, different coaches. What matters is that the youngster gets a chance to try an assortment of activities and can decide for himself or herself what is enjoyable. Or not enjoyable.

A college scholarship? It’ll come – if the athlete is good enough. Just the way it’s always been.

Here would be a refreshing development in this day and age: If a coach was heard to publicly encourage athletes to play three sports in high school.

As for Lucia, here is a piece of advice: Deal with it. If one of your recruits gets hurt playing football, that’s life. To discourage kids from playing football or any other sport because it might cause you a headache is selfishness personified.

Forum sports columnist Mike McFeely can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5580 or McFeely’s blog can be found at