April 12, 2019

Fathers and Sons participated in the Annual Fatherhood event at Fort Service Learning Magnet School Academy a Middle School in Columbus, Georgia. In this video clip they come together with the opportunity to make positive choices.

The DAILY Message for Monday January 11th, 2016

January 10, 2016

“Treat right a friend and they will support you over and over AGAIN (Always Give And Increase Now).”

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.

Words Of Encouragement for Management Students

December 1, 2014

TranstutorsBy Aditya Singhal

Dear Management Students, This One’s for YOU:

This is the time of the year when your head is probably spinning with thoughts of an upcoming ethics paper, marketing finals, and that other thing for economics that you can only vaguely remember but you do know is about to be due. During times like these it can be really difficult to remember why you decided to study management or even go to (or go back to) college. Have a seat, take a deep breath (file away your anxious thoughts), and let us remind you why.

These are some of the most important years of your life. More than just working to complete a degree, you are discovering and exploring your very self. You are making lifelong friends, working hard, and thinking about the future. And even if the future scares you (and truly, it scares us all), that’s okay. Taking the time to consider your options and to explore career opportunities is going to really pay off. Anything worth pursuing will take time, frustration, and (maybe) a few tears.

The amazing thing about education is that it truly belongs to you. Not only that, but you have the power to decide what to do with it. You can become a leader in your field. You can become a positive change agent. You can change the world. And guess what? One bad grade or one week of frustration isn’t going to change that. Education is about the culmination of your efforts, it is about growth.

Take a moment to stop and think. Think about where you were at the beginning of this semester, year, or program. Think about where you are now. What have you learned? What has brought you joy? What are you most proud of? If there is something that has frustrated or disappointed you, don’t dwell on it. Instead, think about how you can turn those negatives into positives. Can you set a goal for your next semester? What is one thing that you can improve? Reframing the way you think about problems can determine how successful you are at creating solutions. This is an important management and life skill.

And at the end of the day, remember that your happiness and your dreams are important. Steve Jobs said it best:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

Keep these thoughts in the back of your mind and take some time to unwind this week. Grab a coffee with a friend who needs a break as much as you do. Watch a couple of episodes of your favorite series on Netflix. Take a nap. Before you know it, you will be clasping your management degree with both hands, filled with pride and excitement for the next part of your journey.

About Aditya Singhal :

Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of, a leading online tutoring help for college students. Having graduated from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he worked briefly with American Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates before taking the entrepreneurial route. Outside the work ambit, Aditya has a personal interest in helping MBA students. He is also actively involved in giving back to the society by contributing a part of the revenue towards education of poor students in India.

You Can Help SPONSOR Derrick Hayes Next 2 Events

February 1, 2014

TSUDerrick Hayes is offering Individuals, Entrepreneurs, Businesses and Organizations a chance to SPONSOR his upcoming events. In the 1st Quarter of 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking to college students in the states of Tennessee and Pennsylvania on the topic of “Building Relationships in College and Out” and he wants to take you along with him.

You can now market you and what you do in two places for one fee.

On February 28th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN at the 2014 Best Practice for Student Success, Inclusion & Retention Summit.

On March 24th, 2014 Derrick Hayes will be speaking on the campus of Clarion University in Clarion, PA as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series.

collegespeakerAt each event Derrick Hayes will be giving the audience attendees a handout along with a Sponsorship Page. Each Sponsor will be allowed to have a listing in the handout that can include their company name, contact person, contact information along with how to connect on social media. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to give a DOOR (Derrick Offers Other Resources) Prize that will be raffled off or given away at each event and this will give Sponsors another way to discuss you and what you do. Each Sponsor will also receive a mention on the blogvertisements and Sponsorship Page.

The Sponsorship Fee is $50 and the deadline for both events is February 21st, 2014. If you want to give more or less than the Sponsorship amount click DONATE and let us know if you want to be listed or if you want to remain anonymous.

Contact Derrick Hayes to sponsor his next two events or for more information visit email or call (706) 615-1662. Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available to speak at small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops.

DERRICK Interview with Entertainer Word One

July 23, 2013

WordOneEncouragement 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 Word One (aka Grey Poltergeist) who has become one of the fastest growing names in hip-hop over the past year. He has opened the door for change in the music industry with his “Underdog Movement” by creating music and a movement that caters to your average, everyday citizen.

Traveling the country, doing everything from drug dealing to owning his own business, recording artist Word One is ready to tell the world his story of being an UNDERDOG. Born in Los Angeles, California; although, raised mostly in New York and Jacksonville, Florida, Word One would tell you that he’s the “man from nowhere”, because of all of his travels in between and all of the different cities that he’s lived in.

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to provide a good financial living for my family and provide my mother with the best medical attention she can get. I have achieved many goals: Such as featuring with a 2-time Grammy winning artist, working with platinum artists an producers, traveling throughout the country and abroad, being signed (more than once), and being able to say that I’ve touched countless lives.

What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I am a High School graduate. The ability to read properly and calculate numbers is about all the school education I could apply to my life. School cannot teach you common sense though. My most valuable education comes from experience from myself and others.

What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The only resource I can bring to what I do is experience. But I don’t use that to stand out. Instead, I use my experiences to create music that the people can relate to. I can only hope that it shows them that they’re not alone in their problems.

WordOneLogoWhen did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I was ready from the moment that I decided this is what I wanted to do. Whether others felt or feel that I’m ready is a different story. I dedicate my all to my craft. But I don’t believe that anyone should pursue a goal or career if they don’t feel ready from the start.

Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Jesus. There’s really no one else worth learning about more than him.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The challenges to make it even this far are countless. But even to this day, there is always negativity thrown at what I do. Every accomplishment is met with skepticism. Every show needs to get promoted 100 times harder for a fraction of a larger artist’s turnout. Having to overcome people’s ideals that because they haven’t heard of me, it means my music isn’t good or haven’t accomplished anything.

What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

There are no shortcuts to success. Once you have determined what your goal is; nothing else should exist until you have reached it. You must develop a tunnel-vision that leads to that goal. Partying, sex, and nonsense will be around for eternity. You won’t miss anything. Hard work and dedication are more than catch-phrases. They should be the words that guide your life and lead you to your goal. It will also separate you from the countless number of others fighting to reach your goal before you do.

Visit Word One for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado

January 24, 2013

RichSalgadoEncouragement 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 Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado who in 1988 founded Coastal Advisors, LLC. as a way of keeping his clients protected and making their lives better. After a strong college football career at the

University of Maryland, Rich understands the importance of athletes and corporate figures and safeguarding their lives, careers and families. The mantra that he tries to get across to athletes is that you need disability insurance now because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

With his stellar knowledge and relationships that have developed over the years, Rich has the ability to speak with GMs, NFL, NHL and MLB draft picks and veterans about disability and career ending insurance. In the last three years alone, Rich has seen a significant increase in insuring college players in their senior year. Within the past five years, Rich has insured more than 30 1st Round NFL picks for disability, career ending insurance, as well as life insurance and estate planning. Coastal Advisors not only insures players but also insures teams and the contracts that they offer their players.

A staple in the world of sports business media, Rich has become a regular on FOX News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox & Friends and the FOX Business Network, while also making appearances on ESPN, FOX Sports, NFL Network and Bloomberg News. Further, the Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, NFL Network, Sports Illustated, Newsday, the New York Post and many other journalistic websites have profiled his business. Traveling more than half the year and attending more sporting events than most dream of, an average day includes texting Justin Tuck, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Bush and Michael Strahan, having pregame rituals with NFL owners like NY Giants’ John Mara and traveling with Scott Gomez to name a few. Rich’s comprehensive insurance strategies and ability to complete the loop of communication, is the major reason for his success.

In addition to the business at hand, Rich finds time to give back and support charities both within his hometown area of New York City and nationwide.  He supports his clients’ many philanthropic efforts such as Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, The Health & Humanitarian Aid Foundation and The North Shore LIJ Health System. Rich recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Nassau County Sports Commission. Currently in the 2nd year, the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic is a big fundraiser that supports the neurological studies at North Shore LIJ and to build children’s aneurysm center.

D is for Dream. What is your Dream?

My dream was to be a teacher and a football coach but my dream changed directions due to wanting to be a football player. I wasn’t good enough to be a professional athlete and I did go to school with players that went on to play in the NFL. One of those players was Neil O’ Donnell who was my roommate and played successfully for many years. Neil played on two teams that went to the Super Bowl, Steelers and Titans. I was able to land a career in the Insurance services business. In this business, I help athletes both on and off the field; protecting their careers and their families. My goal is to make sure that ALL athletes and business professionals understand the value of having someone like myself in their camp and part of their team. Professionals should stick to their profession and not pretend to know it all. As for what I have achieved, I’m not done achieving. My passion is to protect my friends, clients, and associates and educate them all.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

What encourages me is that people now welcome me as a professional. I have some of the biggest and most successful names in sports, television and media that not only utilize Coastal Advisors, LLC services, but also refer me to their peers.  Ten years ago, I was some BIG GUY and nobody knew what I did. I believe I have changed that perception and that has given me the confidence to walk in any room regardless of who is there. I walk in proud knowing that I do so many things and work so many hours to build and gain confidence of clients. This encourages me and keeps me working hard for my clients. I have also survived an Aneurysm in 2008. I could not believe that happened to me and it was a lonely time in my life but prayers and great care from North Shore -Long Island Jewish Medical Center got me through it.

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

The resources that I bring to the table is having 18 years of experience and a client list that speaks for itself. I wouldn’t be working with the clients that I have if I was not considered an expert in my field. Everybody in sports, media, agents, financial advisors, business managers know me as “BIG DADDY” because I stand out for my size.

This nickname has helped to brand my name. Most players in all sports may not do business with me but they are told that when they get to NYC, call Big Daddy. It is always a pleasure to help anybody regardless of the profession.

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

I knew I was ready when I started because I had a niche market in place since I was a kid growing up. I had relationships that started when I was in high school. I owe a lot of people for helping me along the way. One of those people is Bill Hampton Jr who was my dear friend who passed away last year. Billy gave me the opportunity to work for him on occasion and introduced me to the players, media heads and executives. Billy later on became an executive at the NFL and then after became a VP of the Cleveland Browns. The second is Mike Newsome who currently works at Nike. He was my roommate for seven years, my best friend and my brother.

There is also Neil O’ Donnell, who was my roommate in college and post graduation when we lived in Pittsburgh. Lastly, Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. I learned from Ronnie the importance of phone calls, extra cell phone batteries and networking!

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

WOW!  There are so many people that it is a challenge for me. Well, the one that comes to mind is Rick Bellando, who is the Chairman of the NY State Independence Party. He works at the Oheka Castle in Long Island. A couple was getting married there once and the person needed a kidney transplant. Rick was a match and he donated one of his. Such an INCREDIBLE STORY about one human giving up their kidney for another. Check out to learn more about Rick and the wonderful place he runs.

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

Well, I have a self-motivating button. My business is very difficult and people run the opposite direction when it comes to talking about insurance. This business has a negative stigma on it and my job each day is to make people feel comfortable with my services and teach them why they need my services. I also have to make sure they are insured properly meaning that they have the right amount of coverage. There are a lot of sales made in the insurance world that only benefit the sales person and not the client. What makes me continue is that I want to be successful. I want to be a role model in this field as well as in the world of business. Being successful doesn’t mean being the wealthiest it means that I can be looked upon as person people can trust.

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

My key to success is working tireless hours, knocking on all doors and collecting every business card I could get a hold of. I currently use social media to endorse my company, to reach out to athletes, media, parents, agents as well as business owners. I have the good fortune for being on air to discuss my business and my company. You can go to to see some of my on air shows as well as the publications that I have been featured in.  My website also, is very informative on my services.

I recommend meeting people of all races, businesses and walks of life. People sometimes think that I only work with athletes and that is far from the truth. I work with business owners, my old mailman and many others as you never know who one day might be working in the mailroom then later on is running the company. People in the world of football know whom I am talking about when you read this last sentence.

Visit Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado for information.

DERRICK Interview with Worship Leader Rayna Brown

January 23, 2013

raynaEncouragement 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 Rayna Brown who is an anointed, energetic praise filled woman who believes “worship is what she was created to do”.  She is a worship leader, songwriter, vocal coach, speaker, directress and up and coming author born and raised in Long Island, New York.  Rayna recently released her Debut single “Stand in Worship”.

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

My Dream is to see nations united in Christ through His love!  I want to see hearts connecting back to God!  I want to see healing and deliverance to every nation and I believe God has gifted me to be a soldier in the army that is rising up to build the Kingdom!

 E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m always encouraged when I see hearts connecting to God.  When healing and deliverance is taking place is when I’m most encouraged.  I am also encouraged by worship and the Word of God.  Whenever I feel the need to replenish, my worship and His word are always a sure turn around for my thoughts and feelings.

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

The number one resource I have is the anointing that equips me to do whatever God needs me to do at any given time.  I can do nothing on my own and have to completely depend on the anointing to lead me and show me what the people need at that very moment.  I also have determination and passion!  Those two elements together attract people with like hearts and minds which enable us to come together as one unit to accomplish the mission of RBM which is to connect people to the heart of God!

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

I realized I was ready when I got tired!  When I was tired of leading, tired of singing, tired of praying, tired of fasting, tired of wondering, just plain tired.  When I arrived at the point of wanting to give up was when I realized that all of me had to be broken so that God could use me and most importantly, trust me to do what He purposed me to do.  It was at that time that God released a fresh anointing, opened doors and gave me strategy and help to do what He commissioned me to do.

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

Well, I would say King James I.  Yes, I know that’s odd but hear me out.  I choose King James because I believe he is a great example of how God uses anyone He chooses. It isn’t about us being perfect people.  King James printed the first English bible which bore his name King James Bible of 1611 A.D.  He is a true example of Christ’s grace and mercy because if people were to look at the life of King James they would see that he was not a perfect person and quite controversial.  Some would say he wasn’t even a good man but I point out the fact that God still used him as an instrument to bring us what we use as our lifeline today – the Holy Bible.  Without the word of God, where would we be?  If God would use someone like King James to do something as important as bring us an English Bible, we have to believe that His grace and mercy toward us is the same!

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

Christ first, my husband and then my supportive friends and family.  I know that my anointing to worship, write and lead are not for my own benefit so that is what keeps me going.  I have learned to trust God and have faith in His promise to equip me to do what He has called me to do.  I look at how Christ didn’t give up on His way to the cross and just press forward knowing that lives are connected to my press! There is a charge and call on my life and God will give me all I need to walk in it.  He has also given me a husband and supportive friends and family that have been gifted to encourage me when I need it most.

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

Time spent with God and His Word, Humility and Unity.  Doing what I do, leading worship and ministry, we cannot take people anywhere that we have not been.  So the first thing is spending time with God and the Word.  We must spend time with Him in private in order to be effective in Public.  In order to connect to people to God’s heart, I have to know the way there!  Secondly, there must be humility.  What we do is for no glory of our own but for God and for His people.  If we ever think it is about us and become a distraction, God will gladly move us out of the way.  Lastly, everyone needs someone to do anything.  Without unity and working together there will be division and a house divided against itself will not stand.  You must function under one vision and one mind.

Visit Rayna Brown for more information.