Fall League

April 11, 2019

When you wake up this morning believe that you can do the impossible. Here is a video clip from unseen footage when I presented at the Fall League where I tied a tie behind my back to let others know that no matter what situation you are in that everything in your life can turn around.

Fall League is a life skills and basketball partnership is Columbus, Georgia between Corry Black and Bryant Thomas. Each week in the Fall League players must attend a Mandatory Life Skills Work Shop before Game Play and their motto is “No Workshop, No Jump Shot.”


Global Hero in Education Develops WEEKEND Program to Uplift Youth

December 6, 2014
Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Derrick Hayes is the #1 Encouragement Speaker and was recently honored by Microsoft in their blog Daily Edventures as a Global Hero in Education.

Hayes saw a need to use his gifts to serve youth on Saturdays and Sundays and it inspired the WEEKEND (Words of Encouragement to Enlighten Kids on Entrepreneurship Networking and Decision Making) Program.

Derrick knows firsthand how important it is to be inspired even in adversity. While faced with divorce with his after college sweetheart Derrick Hayes moved with a friend and slept on his apartment floor without a bed for over a year.

Next to Derrick was a bible that read woe is me and a dictionary that defined woe as a trial and tribulation. When Derrick pulled out a pen and pad he received his life changing statement, “Before you leave work or go to sleep tonight, give someone a WOE, a Word Of Encouragement.”

Here are the 3 success areas that the WEEKEND Program will focus on.

  1. Entrepreneurship. Everyone has a talent and it is up to us to help others find skills, develop skills and become an expert at what we do.
  2. Networking.   No one can do it by themselves and it is important to learn how to have a dream and a team and one way to do that is to always BUILD relationships.
  3. Decision Making. With over 10 years of working with youth in detention and over 20 years of working with students in Urban America Derrick Hayes realizes the importance of teaching young people that every choice they make is important.

When children are encouraged and enlightened they can put ideas together, build relationships and more times than not make the right decisions.

The WEEKEND Program is designed to give youth, community, and social service organizations a chance to bring in a quality Motivational Speaker or Trainer for programs, meetings or events at a cost effective rate that take place on a Saturday or Sunday.

Hayes is a highly sought-after speaker. He has been featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Legacy Chevrolet, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power, Jackson State University, and many others.

For more information about the WEEKEND Program or to book Derrick Hayes 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.

 


DERRICK Interview with Sports Agent Deryk Gilmore

September 3, 2014

DGEncouragement 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 Deryk Gilmore who is certified contract advisor for Priority Sports. Prior to joining the Priority team, Deryk was involved with college athletics for over 11 years working in football as a Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations in both the Big Ten and Pac Ten conferences. A New York native, Gilmore lettered and played defensive tackle for the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the 1986 National Championship Team.

After graduating from college, Gilmore went on to the University of Illinois where he began his work in football evaluating and recruiting the top high school players in the country. Developing unique strategies to market high school prospects, Gilmore helped the Illini recruit players that would take Illinois to the first major bowl game in 10 years. Deryk was then hired by the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks to a top 10 recruiting class in football and top 5 class in basketball, their highest ranked classes in the program’s history.

Gilmore, known for his creative marketing strategies has been featured in a number of sports publications. Deryk has a Bachelor of Science from Penn State in Agribusiness Management and an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Camille, live in Atlanta, GA, with their sons Dantae’ and Deion.  Deryk and his wife, Camille, were recently profiled in Essence Magazine.

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

My goal is to have an impact on the community and leave a legacy.

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

I have an MBA in Operations and MS in Sports Marketing- they are used daily to coordinate my business and to promote my players.

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

My background in football is unique in that I have a great understanding of the game on and off the field and have worked so many years with athletes so as a player, administrator, agent and advocate there is not a problem that I have not encountered.

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

I prayed on it when I moved to Atlanta and know that I was directed to leave coaching and work with young men on a different level.

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

Ryan Goldin (GATA Training) and Lyle Henley (D1 Sports)  are two of the best trainers no one has heard of and where players should be working to get better.

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

I think a lot of times African Americans will feel more comfortable with white agents which is surprising.  Despite your pedigree and background they feel that somehow you can’t help them.  It can be disappointing.

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

The nuns in school used to say ask God for everything but don’t pray if you haven’t studied.  I think you need to put God first, trust in him and then outwork everyone and anyone.  Your hunger to win should be unmatched.

Visit Deryk Gilmore for more information.


DERRICK Interview with People Developer Lauren Anderson

February 8, 2013

LaurenAndersonEncouragement 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 Lauren Anderson the CEO of Lauren Anderson Associates, Inc., a Training/People Development firm that focuses on soft and hard people skills.  They specialize in Creation, Design, Development and Delivery of Educational Programs, Tools, Workshops, National Meetings and much more.  Many attributes set Lauren Anderson Associates, Inc. apart from other consultant firms; one worth mentioning is the wide array of business experts, professional speakers, successful writers, professors and Master Trainers that have many years of experience, knowledge and the ability to deliver that in an interesting, professional manor.

Lauren Anderson Associates, Inc clients include Proctor and Gamble Prestige Products,  The Estee Lauder Corporation, Aramis and Designer Fragrances, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Calvin Klein, Avon, DeBeers, LVMH, The Limited Corporation, Lancôme, YSL, Chanel, QVC, Procter and Gamble, Beaute Prestige International, Waterford, Christian Dior, Johnson and Johnson, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Saks Fifth Avenue, Express and more.

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

My dream is to be happy making a difference in the lives of the people I meet, live with and work with. I learned early on that I could do this by using the gift of good communication, etiquette, kindness and spirituality used in an open way for the world to see not just hear.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

People doing small kindnesses, people trying to be better at anything they do, particularly in their people relationships, people who love what they do and are proud to do it well, regardless of what it is they are doing. When I witness this or hear about this I am encouraged to do the same and pass on what I witnessed to others who may need encouragement too.

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

I have very basic and simple resources.  I use my ability to connect people with other people. Faith Popcorn coined a person who does this as a “CLICKER”. I am a clicker and love to talk to people and learn what makes them tick, what they may need to help them in the future and then I connect them to someone that could help them….even in a small way by enriching their life by just knowing this person. In kind, I encourage then to do the same and so on and so on and so on.

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

I did not know I was ready! I did not even think about if I was ready. I just tried it, it worked, I loved it and I try to keep reinventing what I do, to make it fresh and new every single day. So far it works.

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

Thomas Jefferson. He was a forward thinker, a wise man, insightful and he help our country and this world so very much in so many many ways. People should read about Thomas Jefferson to learn about his thinking and why he thought the way he did and to get his perspective that is appropriate even today.

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

My attitude has always been, never give up.  Many people say to me, when a hundred others would give up, I do not. Please know that I do not let patience become neglect by sticking with something. I know that when I start something valuable enough for me to start, that I will see it through. I believe that most people give up sooner than they should on most things in life. Personally I love the challenge of something difficult… it inspires me to be better by achieving it because it may be difficult.

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

Work hard, don’t complain, don’t think anyone owes you anything, they do not. Surround yourself with winners, hard workers and people who want to learn. Surround yourself with people you can learn from, and learn. Ask questions, listen well, take notes if you do not have a good memory. Set goals, ask others what theirs are. Be curious beyond belief. Read, Eat right, sleep enough and exercise daily…REALLY!

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

Be open minded, talk to folks that are of different thinking then you. Remember, set an example that you would want for your self and your children.  Our future depends on it.

Visit Lauren Anderson for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Networking Expert Mechelle Tucker

December 17, 2012
MechelleTuckerEncouragement 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 Mechelle Tucker, p/k/a “The Networker’s Networker” is a creative authority in power networking because of who she knows, and has become a sought after business leader in the marketplace. Mechelle is an effective networker and has been practicing the art of networking for over 7 years. Power Networking is a SKILLED ART, not an activity for Mechelle.

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

My Dream is to collaborate and work with Oprah, Beyonce and Michelle Obama, 3 women I passionately admire. My goal is to business network with 1 million people.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

People who make the impossible possible always keep me encouraged.

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

I have numerous affiliations with working with mover’s and shaker’s of the economy and community based organizations as a power business broker who has represented size-able incomes for all clients.

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

When my 3rd party relationships started to benefit and/or profit off of my labor of introduction, connections and advice.

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

Dr. Will Moreland, Author and America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer. In 2012 I was mentioned in Dr. Will’s newest book “Genius Potential”, where he lays out the keys to lasting fulfillment in life, it’s discovering your special gift, your Genius Potential

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

My Faith is everything. My family is my biggest inspiration. My passion for networking is why I can’t stop, I won’t stop until I am over the top.

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

The 7 Keys to Sail to Success: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Relationship, Championship, Partnership, Mentorship and Membership.

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

I want all entrepreneurs to know that it’s possible to have your heart desires. Never allow your actions to get desperate because only inspired actions make a positive difference.

Visit Mechelle Tucker for more information.


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 Freelance Cinematographer & Editor Holly Sugrue

November 12, 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 Holly Sugrue who is the Founder of the Media Prep Group. Media Prep Group is an educational workshop group that prepares business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to present themselves, their businesses and their products to the media.

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

My personal dream is to make a living doing what I loved. Each day I can say I am living my dream because I absolutely love what I do.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Knowing that the people who have paved the way for me made mistakes and kept on going. I have learned it’s not about how many times you fall it’s about how many times you get back up.

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

I have been a freelance cinematographer for almost 5 years. Before that, I was a licensed real estate agent. Having a video production background, mixed with my sales and business background give me a well rounded set of skills that are unique to me.

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

I founded the group in June 2012. There really is no time like the present to follow your dreams and do what you love.

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

Marie Forleo she is an Uber success, focused, driven, inspiring business woman who I think everyone should know.

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

Helping others become more successful in their businesses keeps me going.

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

The best key to success I can leave is do what you love, and you will never work another day in your life. Stay true to yourself and everything else will fall into place.

Contact Holly Sugrue for more information.