Professional Development DAILY Message for Wednesday April 13th, 2016

April 12, 2016

“Success is granted when the right seeds are PLANTED (People’s Lives Are Nurtured To Elevate Dreams).”

Derrick Hayes is available to bring Professional Development programs and training opportunities to your upcoming meetings, conferences, and events. For more information please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

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The DAILY Message for Tuesday March 15th, 2016

March 14, 2016

“The more you know the better chance success will say HELLO (Humble Entrepreneur Learning from Life Opportunities).

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


The DAILY Message for Thursday February 25th, 2016

February 24, 2016

“Turn your mess into positive PRESS (Publicly Relating Empowers Someone to Success).”

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


The DAILY Message for Friday December 4th, 2015

December 3, 2015

“Don’t wait for December 25th to open up your GIFTS (God’s Incredible Favor To Succeed).”

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


Succeeding While Black – 5 Ways to Avoid Altercations with the Police

May 5, 2015

MattDraytonBy Matthew R. Drayton

During the past few months, there has been numerous incidents— some tragic—where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, including Ferguson, South Carolina and New York being the most well-known. Some of the incidents were caught on video. There are nearly 780,000 sworn officers in the United States protecting and serving 319 million Americans. Police officers have a very difficult and stressful job, but that is no excuse to use excessive force. However, we must take into account what these officers go through and understand that all police officers aren’t bad.

I have been in situations where I could have easily gotten into confrontations with police officers. Years ago, I regularly worked with local and state police officers in major cities throughout the U.S. I can tell you first hand that there are some police officers that are prejudiced or egotistical, and some that have their own agendas. I remember arriving in Texas to meet and work with local police there. When I reached out to shake one of the officer’s hands, he refused! Later during that same trip, I was almost arrested because the same police officer who wouldn’t shake my hand, failed to tell a group of his fellow officers who I was as I approached them.

On another trip to California, a police officer stood two feet in front of me and stared me down while I waited to meet with the Deputy Police Chief. I had never met this officer before, nor did I do anything to him to warrant the stare he was giving me. In both Texas and California, I was the only African American in the group; my co-workers were not subjected to the same treatment. In both cases, I had no choice but to work through whatever issues those police officers had with me. I did not respond to their behavior towards me, and worked more closely with the officers who reached out to me than the ones who didn’t. In the end, we successfully finished our work in both cities, and I made some new friends in law enforcement.

My experiences with the police were not all bad; in fact there were more positive experiences with them than negative ones. I realize some of my circumstances and encounters with the police were of a different nature than being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, but the two situations I mentioned above were intense and could have easily become confrontational. I have been stopped and pulled over by the police numerous times over the years, and I can honestly say, I have never been mistreated by a police officer. The following 5 tips have worked for me when I have had encounters with police officers in the past. Hopefully they can help you too.

(1) Obey the law: If you are breaking the law in any way; it’s only a matter of time before you have to deal with the police. Turn on your flashers, drive slowly and pull over to a well lit busy area if you are pulled over. Cooperate if you are being questioned or arrested to avoid any physical confrontation.

(2) Be polite and show respect: Greeting and treating a police officer with respect immediately de-escalates the situation. Regardless of how you feel about being pulled over or questioned, the police are authorized to do so. Mouthing off and becoming aggressive towards the police will make the situation worse.

(3) Obey police officer orders: When a policeman asks you to do something reasonable, do it. Remember, these men and women are trying to do a job, and sometimes need to gather facts to do their job. Disobeying the police officer’s orders will again only make the situation worse.

(4) Make lifestyle changes: Most of the things that happen to us are a result of our decisions. Alcohol, outdated license plates, and erratic driving are a few contributors to police stops. If you are hanging out late at night with known offenders, or in places where there is a high probability of a crime, there will likely be a heavy police presence there.

(5) Educate your children: Teach your children at an early age about police brutality, and to be respectful when dealing with the police, and all adults for that matter.  Explain current events to them in an unbiased way, and make them aware of the dangers they face if they break the law, and what can happen to them at the hands of some police officers.

It is not my intent to downplay police brutality incidents or to be insensitive to anyone who has suffered or died at the hands of the police. My purpose is to help African Americans understand that engaging an officer properly can de-escalate the situation, and possibly avoid a deadly altercation. I am a middle-aged, African American male who regrettably has had too many encounters with the police during my lifetime. I have never been arrested or beaten by a police officer, nor have I ever been disrespectful or mouthed off to one.

I do realize that if a police officer wants to use violence against you, he is going to do it, but I truly believe it’s harder to beat up a person who is polite and compliant. Try these tips the next time you have an encounter with the police. It cannot hurt and it may just save you. Remember, we cannot control a police officer’s behavior, but we can control our own.

Retired Army Sergeant Major Matthew R. Drayton is a corporate speaker, life coach, consultant, leadership expert and author of Succeeding While Black. He has also been mentoring youth for over a decade and is currently the Executive Director of Great Oak Youth Development Center, a NC-based non-profit organization that mentors at risk youth.

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The DAILY Message for Wednesday April 1st, 2015

April 1, 2015

“Success is on your menu. Small ideas with the right Medium can lead to Large profits.”

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


Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015

December 31, 2014

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Copyright © 2015 by Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

Did 2014 workout the way you wanted it to? In 2015 many people will come up with New Years Resolutions without a plan in place to get things done. The thought of struggling year after year chasing dream after dream should make you want to scream.

The next time you scream start putting passion and purpose into your dream so that you can see and hear the possibilities in your future. Scream like never before so that the noise this time helps your message become heard and that it is loud and effective enough that you could be also be found in a crowded room.

When a baby exits the Mother’s womb one of the first things they do is to let out a scream. Look at your life like you still have time to give birth to ideas, inventions and institutions so that the world can scream out your name.

Through the word SCREAM I will share with you 6 things you can do now to help you build your cash cow and  Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.

With my Dad James Hayes, Jr. Be thankful of those that dreamed of you.

With my Dad James Hayes, Jr. Be thankful of those that dreamed of you.

The S is so that you Speak Your Dream. Anyone can have a dream but many are afraid to speak life into it. You have the power to speak positive and negative into your life. Talk to your dream daily and share with others that have your best interests at heart. The more you speak your dream the more it will become a permanent and positive thought in your your mind that will attract the right ideas and instruction so that your dream can reach it’s destiny.

It is known that it takes at least 21 days for a habit to become permanent in your life. Several attempts may be necessary for others to believe in you enough to make you a part of their day. Keep sharing your insight day after day and you may soon become the expert that others see you as.

The C is so that you Content Your Dream. After you are confident in speaking your dream to life start writing it down. Simply pull out a piece of paper and “write it down and make it plain,” just like it says in Habbakuk.

Think about why is this your dream and write it down into an affirmation statement that you can read and speak life into your dream.  Write this statement on a piece of paper that you can keep with you or near you at all times.

This is necessary because people, places and things will come your way to only distract you away from your dreams to help them with their dreams. You have to know when to say win.

Now pull out another piece of paper along with your affirmation statement and write down what your dream inspires you to write. The ideas that pour out in this brainstorming session will be phenomenal. Give it a chance and don’t limit yourself. Many have discovered that for the first time that they could write poems, stories, quotes and even novels. Some will even come up with ideas for articles that could produce future books or movies.

The R is so that you Resource Your Dream. Once you see for yourself how your dream can benefit others find ways in which you can share these nuggets of wisdom. If you are on social media platforms like Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, Google Plus or YouTube you already have an audience that you can share your dream with and get immediate feedback.

If you like to write short pieces like quotes a good idea is to open up a Twitter or Facebook account and share your ideas with your friends or followers. If you are a long distance writer a blog with WordPress or Blogger would be a good idea and if making videos to empower others is your cup a tea give YouTube or Tube Mogul a try.

AskDerrickAboutThe E is so that you Expert Your Dream. In order to be the best you have to want to be the best. Learn how to turn what you understand into a brand. I will share with you three things I started to do that help establish myself as an Encouragement Expert. Add what you learn to this list and share it with others.

#1. Build a brand with your content. Each weekday I share The DAILY (Derricknyms, App and Idea to Lift You) Message throughout my social media and subscribers of my Motivation To Your Mobile Android and iPhone app receive a positive word of encouragement right to their phones to give them boost at the start of each day.

#2. Get quoted. In 2008 when the economy was declining I started looking for ways to get free publicity and I started getting quoted in blogs and on other online publications like CNN.com and MSNBC.com. Recently I emailed over 100 educational reporters to possibly write a story about me and the one response I received was from Daily Edventures a blog published by Microsoft and they honored me as a Global Hero in Education.

#3. Write articles. Some of the publications that I write for on a regular basis are magazines such as B.O.S.S., Gigare Lifestyle Magazine, and the Holistic Times Newsletter. Find blogs, newspapers and magazines that you are interested in writing for and see what their writer guidelines are and start submitting your best articles today.

As you continue to build your brand and you are quoted along with your articles appearing in publications start to develop a press page that you can update where you list all of your accomplishments in one place and a press release so that you can keep getting the word out about what you are doing.

During my DERRICK Interview with Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr.

During my DERRICK Interview with Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr.

The A is so that you Align Your Dream. A great lesson I learned with business and life is that you can only go so far by yourself and that you must network and connect with others so that you can BUILD relationships.  A great way to partner with like minds is to offer them opportunities to share their talents with your audience. When you do this it opens doors for more people to want to work with you. Here are three opportunities that I offer to other entrepreneurs, experts and celebrities so that we can connect and get to know each other without any pressure of having to do business together.

#1. Interview other experts. One day I decided to use my name to create DERRICK Interviews where each letter of my name inspires a question that will allow others to tell their unique story through my brand. I have done over 250 DERRICK Interviews via email, over the phone and in person. Go to DERRICK Interviews for more information where you will see the questions that are asked and other DERRICK Interviews that I have done.

TodaysHonoree#2. Honor people. After talking to L.J. Holloway one day I was inspired to start a blog where we would recognize someone each day of the week that is making  a positive contribution to our society. This brainstorm session is what inspired Today’s Honoree. The decision was also made that I could not nominate anyone myself and that the people that are featured have to be recommended by one their peers. Today’s Honoree has featured over 750 people and each person that is nominated and featured can pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition.

#3. Let others write.  After writing articles for several blogs and publications I realized the importance of offering Guest Blogging Opportunities to others so they could have the chance to become published that would assist in building their portfolios and brands. On Encouragement Speaker people can write guest blog posts that are encouraging including topics such as Words Of Encouragement for their industry, College Shout Out, Importance Of Building Relationships and Welcome To My City.

The M is so that you Monetize Your Dream. When you are able to use your skills and pay some bills it gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t just want you to have a dream. Dr. King marched, boycotted and fought for Civil Rights so that you can “Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.”  When you Speak, Content, Resource, Expert and Align your Dream you will be in a good position to Monetize Your Dream. Here are 3 ways you can Monetize Your Dream.

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

#1. Get paid to speak. There is an audience that will pay you for what you are an expert at. The College Market is one where I present to students and staff on the topics of Personal and Professional Branding, Networking and How to BUILD Relationships. Through my own campus experiences when I was a student I teach others how to find their own entrepreneurship opportunities while working from their dorm room as well as how to give back and pay it forward by starting scholarships funds that can help raise millions of dollars to keep kids in school with their dreams alive.

In the past I have lectured at colleges and universities such as Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Illinois, Clarion University, Jackson State University, Columbus State University, Bowie State University, AIU Buckhead and many others.

#2. Get paid to consult. When you begin to speak to groups and organizations people will be interested in learning how you are able to get paid to do what you do. This can be a golden opportunity for you to develop a training program that will assist others to help make their dream SCREAM.

#3. Write books. Back in 2000 I wrote and self published my first book entitled Derricknyms that I went on to sell over 4,000 copies out my car. During my self publishing days I was able to meet celebrities such as Mike Epps, Butch Carter, Pastor Troy, Ecstacy of Whodini and Herschel Walker who were inspired by my story and bought a copy of my book right out of my hands.

The more you dream the more your life will SCREAM. Keep finding ways to Speak, Content, Expert, Align and Monetize your Dream so that your passion and purpose will not only SCREAM but put you in position so that the noise you do make will be heard by the right people.

I pray that after you read this article you are able to, “Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015.”

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available to consult with you as an individual or speak to a group so that you can Make Your Dream SCREAM in 2015. Contact Derrick Hayes now to schedule a speaking engagement or Derricknym signing at upcoming meetings, conferences and events by visiting http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.