BILD Your Legacy: The Emmanuel Brunson Story

March 31, 2020

by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer

A few years ago I was sitting in a classroom with a Co-Worker who was also a Father, Husband, Soldier, Coach, Athlete and soon to be one of my Community Partners. Emmanuel Brunson was telling me how he was helping young athletes learn how to play the quarterback position but at the time he did not know the power in what he was doing.

Every time Emmanuel Brunson would bring it up to me I would ask him one question and that was, are you Video taping the sessions? The next question I would ask him is do you have a program in place to offer what you do to other athletes?

Brunson stepped out on faith and started B.I.L.D. (Brunson’s ILITE Level Development) and through the name of BILD I’m here to share the story of Emmanuel Brunson so that others can be inspired to B.I.L.D. their own legacy.

B is so that you Believe:

As time went on Coach Brunson not only listened to my advice but he asked me to be a guest speaker at his programs start up that would take place back where he grew up in Columbus, Ga in the Wilson Housing Projects. It was a blessing to bring neck ties and books out with a positive message to the youth during the Friday Night Lights Sessions.

I is so that you Innovate:

EB as some in his inner circle call him took the momentum from Friday Night Lights and went for it and started B.I.L.D. (Brunson’s ILITE Level Development) an athletic and performance company that specialized in football training. B.I.L.D. started to grow because of the work with athletes and non athletes that helped them reach their goals in sports and in overall health.

L is so that you Let others help:

Emmanuel knew that in order to not wear down and burn out he needed to grow his B.I.L.D. team with other athletes that could train like Coach Mike Jones and Coach DJ Lemons.

Each coach brings something different to the table and that is why B.I.L.D has the ability to teach athletes and non athletes how to gain in the areas of speed, agility, strength and conditioning along with weight loss and toning.

D is so that you Don’t stop:

When B.I.L.D. lived up to their philosophy of helping others accomplish goals by making sure that they had the most unique and high performance training Emmanuel Brunson and the B.I.L.D.  team were able to grow out of one facility and start an even bigger one with more programs and opportunities to help athletes grow into their potential.

When you Believe, Innovate, Let others Help and Don’t stop you can B.I.L.D. anything and even B.I.L.D. Your Legacy. For more information on B.I.L.D. please go to their website at

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do Before They PANIC

March 27, 2020

by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer

After not being able to go to work and seeing the effects on others because of Covid19 and the Coronavirus I wanted to give some motivation and inspiration to reach those that I can so that they won’t PANIC and through this word I give you 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do Before They PANIC.

P is for Press. It is the time to think now and think later and one way to do that is to write and send out a press release. If you don’t know how to write one google how to write a press release or simply answer who, what, where, when and why you are in business. Post your release on social media and send out to your media contacts and it can help you get media coverage where you can be quoted or asked to be interviewed.

A is for Article. Find publications in your industry and contact them to see if they are open for new articles and even offer your expertise to write a weekly or monthly column. Newspapers, Magazines and online blogs can do one or two things and that is to pay you for your work or allow you to have a resource box at the end of your message where you get to promote you and what you do.

N is for Networking. Keep networking so that your connections will have you in position when you come out of the crisis. Have you said hello to anyone in your network lately? Do you know what they have or need for their life or business? Use your PA (Press and Articles) to reintroduce yourself to some and newly introduce yourself to others. This effectively can be done online in your social media posts and also offline by sending out a positive text message with links to your information.

I is for Inspiration. Pull out a sheet of paper and write down as many ideas as you can that can help your business grow. Give yourself a goal to brainstorm until you get 10 ideas then go for 20 and 30.  When new ideas come to you add them to your list. In your mind think of ways to make these ideas come to life and think of how you can make them work versus how they won’t work for you.

C is for Create. Take some of the ideas that you wrote down and turn those into products and services. Things won’t happen for you overnight unless get to work overnight and make them happen for yourself. Some of the work you have already done in the past can easily be turned into eBooks or reports that you can sell for profit or give away to create awareness or buzz. If you have 10 articles already written they can easily be turned into 10 chapters that can give you a nicely written 10 to 20 page book others can read that it will also give them a reason as to why they should do business with your platform.

If developing or inventing is not your cup of tea right now simply ask others what they need and find ways and the resources to serve them. Look at it like this if you are a go to person now you will also be the go to person later. Have the mindset to be in business or to help others take care of their business.

Before you PANIC ask yourself are you getting Press, writing Articles, Networking, Inspiring ideas and Creating products and services.

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Bow Tie Story of Jesus

June 17, 2019

Bow Tie Story of Jesus was presented by Derrick Hayes the “enTIEtainer” during the Jam for Jesus event that took place at The House of Transformation Miracle Ministries in LaGrange, GA. For more infomration about The HOT please go to


DERRICK Interview with Blind Filmmaker Michael Schwartz

November 11, 2016

michaelschwartzEncouragement 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 Michael Schwartz who is a legally blind filmmaker and owner of Trailhead Productions brings fifteen years of experience in television news and production to the table, and you’ll see what that means all along the way. An award winning reporter, Michael knows television and works for you with the same dedication and ideals valued by the best in the business.   “We’re the storytellers, not the story.”  That means that at Trailhead, we never forget that you and your dreams are the stars of the show.

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

I’m a big believer in breaking through boundaries. Although I’ve been gradually losing my eyesight since I was thirteen years old, my dream was to pursue a career in visual storytelling, and I’ve never taken “no” for an answer. Through a career as a broadcast reporter and photographer, and now as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve seen firsthand that it’s possible to merge the worlds of visual storytelling and visual impairment. From my first job all the way through my current film. Following my own passions, though, cannot and should not be the end of the story. My dream is to change perceptions, raise expectations and make a difference in the world of inclusion for people with disabilities.

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

I went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. What I loved so much about my education there is that no matter what your specific goals were, you had to learn everything about the business. It wasn’t good enough to want to be just an anchor, or a reporter, or a photographer, or any of the other jobs in journalism. You had to learn it all, and I had so many opportunities to learn skills that have benefited me throughout my career as a storyteller. Understanding what makes up a good picture, learning how to tell a concise story, understanding how to combine dozens of stories to build a newscast that makes sense… it’s all about crafting stories that make a difference.

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

The first resource actually doesn’t have anything to do with tools of the trade. It has to do with drive and resilience. The fact of the matter is that if you’re going to be a visual storyteller who’s visually impaired, there has to be an inner belief in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, nothing else matters.

I also rely on the twin pillars of of communication and partnership. While it’s easy to talk about the mechanics of how I do my job – working with the spatial and acoustic dynamics of an environment or a set to frame a shot, or shooting on a 4K camera to edit in a 1080 timeline, or not thinking of color itself as much as color profiles to use waveforms and vectorscopes to craft the mood and design of a shot, these are all just that” mechanics. They explain how do my job, but not why I do my job. I do my job because I get to work with a team of creative professions who share a creative vision. It’s what gets me up every morning in search of great stories to tell.

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

I think the key to realizing your dreams is that you shouldn’t wait until you feel you’re 100% ready. The truth is that day may never come. There will always be at least one unanswered question, one skill you could hone a little more, one step you may feel you’re not ready to take yet. Life is about leaps of faith. When I set out to start my own business, one based on a risky proposition and an uncertain outcome – staring a video production company even though I’m visually impaired – the one thing I had was a belief that I could succeed. Yes, you start a venture with as many resources as you can muster and your prepare as much as you can, but success is based on action, and action requires at least a certain amount of faith in yourself. Really, I knew I was ready because I believed in myself.

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

I can’t speak highly enough of my colleague and friend Maxwell Ivey. Max calls himself the Blind Blogger, but his life is about so much more than his blindness. It’s about always seeking self-improvement, expanding horizons and making a difference. Max knows how to start with a dream, use the resources he’s developed over the course of a lifetime of finding unique solutions to difficult challenges, learning new skills to help him achieve his goals and always looking to the future.

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

I believe that the challenge anyone with a dream has to overcome is facing down low expectations. What I’ve found is that people tend to rise to the expectations we set for them. As a creative artist – a filmmaker – who is visually impaired, I work every day not only to coordinate a creative vision with my team, but also to lead others to a world where there is no barrier to achievement. I direct and even shoot documentaries, and will continue to do this throughout and beyond the process of losing my eyesight. This is because there is a certain truism that we all have to come to accept, that pursuing one’s passion is the best starting point, because there are no barriers to accomplishment.

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

There is really one key to success. Set the bar high for yourself and for those who share your passions. This doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake. As they say, that’s why pencils have erasers. High expectations push you to challenge yourself, and it motivates you to constantly question your own assumptions… even the ones you don’t know you have. Expecting the highest level of performance from everyone you work with encourages you to pursue nothing short of excellence.

Michael is a friend of mine, and I want to encourage you to support his new documentary series, “The Palette Project: Losing Sight, Maintaining A Vision.” He’s made it really easy to pledge with a micropayment of just $1 for the videos he’s posting on his Patreon feed. This is a great way to show your support, and you can make a difference by helping him make a difference. Plus, you get to see some pretty amazing videos of some pretty amazing people, and learn what it’s like to be a visually impaired filmmaker. – Maxwell Ivey

The DAILY Message for Thursday October 1st, 2015

September 30, 2015

“Things I tell I can SELL (Sharing Expertise Leverages Life).”

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.

The Derrick Hayes SUMMER Challenge

July 10, 2015

EmceeOnce I came up with the idea for the SUMMER Challenge I thought people would come and share their life through it. Not one person was in a hurry to Get published, Get noticed, Inspire others and Change lives. 

I can’t blame anyone but myself because if you ask someone to do something you should do it first or do it with them. Here is my SUMMER Challenge and when you do yours it can be turned into a Bio, Article, Speech, Book or Documentary.

S is for Story. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Derrick Hayes also known as The Encouragement Speaker and I write and speak to encourage others to use their gifts so that they can position themselves to be able to build relationships effectively. 

U is for Unique. What is different about you?

One of the things that is unique about me is that I have a gift to turn names into positive messages right before your eyes that I call Derricknyms.

M is for Mountain. What obstacles have you had to overcome?

One obstacle that recently overcame and work on daily is to keep my cholesterol and weight down.

M is for Momentum. What did you do to overcome the obstacles?

After asking God about my diet it was revealed to me that I should stop eating meat. I followed those instructions and I have only had meat a few times since 2013.

E is for Encouragement. How do you encourage others on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I encourage others with The DAILY Message that includes a Derricknym and through Motivation To Your Mobile an app that you can download for free on Android and iPhones.

R is for Reason. Why are you here on earth?

I feel like I’m on earth to show at least one person that you can make and that they should never ever count you out. 

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.

Take The SUMMER Challenge

May 12, 2015

SUMMERChallengeDerrick Hayes is never selfish with his success and uses his network to BUILD relationships with others by providing them with guest blogging opportunities, publicity with DERRICK Interviews, recognition on his blog Today’s Honoree and motivation with The DAILY Message and the Android and iPhones app Motivation To Your Mobile.

Hayes wants to give others a chance to see their talents develop and come to life by asking them to Take The SUMMER Challenge. You never know what idea can ignite when you begin to write. The SUMMER Challenge is designed to provide a fun platform to get more people reading, writing and sharing their stories that will inspire, motivate and uplift others to live their dreams.

Through the word SUMMER each person will answer 6 questions and at the end they can also add their social media links so that others can network with them.  

S is for Story. Who are you and what do you do?

U is for Unique. What is different about you?

M is for Mountain. What obstacles have you had to overcome?

M is for Momentum. What did you do to overcome the obstacles?

E is for Encouragement. How do you encourage others on a daily basis?

R is for Reason. Why are you here on earth?

After you take The SUMMER Challenge they will be published on from now until the end of the SUMMER of 2015. Take The SUMMER Challenge and email all information to Derrick Hayes at

What can happen after you take The SUMMER Challenge?

1. Get published

2. Get noticed

3. Inspire others

4. Change lives

What can you turn your SUMMER Challenge into?

1. Bio

2. Article

3. Speech

4. Book or Documentary

Please share and go to for more information.

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.