Flashback Friday

June 5, 2020

This where I was introduced by First Baptist Church in Clinton, TN by Youth Director Jason Taylor at an event in 2016. Now go tell Jay Z, T.I. and NBA Young Boy this is how you Bring Em’ Out

Bee The Change

May 29, 2020

Flashback Friday is where I presented at the Maggie Brown Middle School in Newnan, Ga where their slogan and life transformation message is Bee The Change. The Principal of Maggie Brown Middle School is Ahmand Tinker

Motivational Monday

May 11, 2020

Welcome to this moment where Terrance Hill invited me to speak to the young men and women that he was helping teach how to play basketball at the Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy and in the clip I’m letting them know that they all have “Room To Grow.”

National Youth At Risk Conference

April 3, 2020

Here is a video clip from my 4 Things That TIE Into Life Development Presentation at the National Youth At Risk Conference that took place in Savannah, Georgia. After the program I received these words of encouragement from an educator who attended my session that had traveled all the way from Guam for this event.

“This presentation was the most authentic and touching I have attended so far. Thank you for sharing your journey and for making it seem possible for everyone in the room to be just as great! Blessed to be in your audience.”

Asherdee Rosete, School Administrator in Guam.

Encourage Students and Staff to BUILD Relationships

April 20, 2015
Presentation at Tennessee State University

Presentation at Tennessee State University

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes became an entrepreneur during his First Year of college at Tennessee State University by starting a business with three packs of hotdogs in a dorm room with a friend.

As a business owner Hayes was able to network and build relationships with students and staff on campus that he is still in touch with today.

Hayes saw the need to teach the lessons he learned so that students and staff would understand the value in relationship building. Through the word BUILD Hayes shares 5 simple strategies that every student or staff can do to improve on a regular basis.

B – Become You

U – Understand Your Uniqueness to Reach Your Peak

I – Invest In Your Future Through Networking

L – Learn From Past Relationships

D – Develop Others

Hayes presents his timely workshops at meetings and events and has been featured as the keynote speaker at several conferences sponsored by such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Subway, Clarion University, Columbus State University, 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.

Derrick 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.

For more information contact:

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes

WOE (Word Of Encouragement) Enterprises

P.O. Box 8702

Columbus, GA 31908



(706) 615-1662

DERRICK Interview with “Motivator of the Millennium,” Keith L. Brown

May 24, 2013

KeithLBrown2Encouragement 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 Keith L. Brown“Motivator of the Millennium,” who was identified as a “Special Ed” and “At Risk” student, primarily because he talked too much, was too hyper, and wanted to give “all the answers”; ironically, these are a few of the same traits that make him one of the most sought after Professional Speakers, Consultants, and Trainers on the planet.

Named a “World Class Speaker” and one of the top speakers and consultants in Education by “Insight Publishing,” Keith empowers hundreds of thousands of people annually, many of whom are in colleges, schools, school systems, supplemental education agencies, family advocacy agencies, foundations, government agencies, Faith Based Institutions and private events.

D is for Dream. What is your dream?

It is my Dream to inspire the masses globally with a message that transforms their “impossible” into I’M POSSIBLE. I endeavor to give people a roadmap to not just success but Significance. Success is often defined by individual accomplishments, but my dream is to take people from the limited mindset of being successful to a servant leader mindset of being Significant.

E is for Encourage. What Encourages you?

I am encouraged by the youth I serve daily across the country and the world. Although there is a universal sense that our youth are apathetic, there are far more youth doing positive work and living with purpose. I am encouraged by youth featured in a new book I co-authored with Dr. Marina Gillmore and Dr. Monique Henderson entitled, “Inspirational Youth: Transforming Average to Extraordinary.” I am encouraged by a Mary Pat Hector, who at 15, has dedicated her life to eradicating bullying as she works tirelessly as the youth director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. I am encouraged by Joey Gigunito, who at 15, started the Where is the Love Foundation, and the mission of the foundation is to finance orphanages in Kenya. I am encouraged by these and other youth who are living a life of service and yes- SIGNIFICANCE.

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

The Resources that make me stand out are my passion and ability to connect. I was actually labeled “Special Ed” because I was too hyper. I am still too hyper and passionate and energetic and just plain OVER THE TOP when it comes to inspiring and moving the masses into their destiny. Although I don’t consider myself the best at what I do- I sincerely believe no one does what I do in the manner in which I do it. I am able to connect because I am not just a professional speaker, I am an audience member at the same time I am on the stage. I connect because I am transparent and real. When audiences hear me, they know it is not just what I do or say, it is genuinely who I am. Because I bring forth a great deal of energy and passion, and I am able to connect, that transfers directly to the hearts of the people. Anyone can get to their heads. I however, endeavor to get to their hearts.

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

I realized I was ready in the year 1999. I was teaching in a small rural town in Middle Georgia, and one night after working out at a local gym- I was driving home. As I turned on my radio, the song “You’re Next in Line for a Miracle,” by Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar was on. I wept for hours and drove around town for hours. It was at that very moment I knew God was beckoning me to “Step out on Faith” and empower the masses, not just in one sensational school but in schools across the world. And because I obeyed, I went from impacting the lives of 500 students annually to now over 500,000 people annually. It has been an humbling and fulfilling experience all at once.

I is for Individual. Can you name one Individual that others should learn more about and why?

I feel others should learn about Jarel Jones, a Graduating Senior at Stephenson High School. I met him on yesterday as I delivered the keynote address for the Pre Commencement Services. Near the end of my presentation, I chose him to come up and receive a Scholarship from our company, 20/20 Enterprises. The scholarship is given to a student who has overcome the odds and inspired others. Jarel was lifted into the air by 20 fathers in attendance, and the audience of nearly 1,000 people erupted. The miracle is Jarel has been lifting people since the third grade as he has battled brain cancer. I was told he never complains and has lived with a dignity and grace only a vessel of light can live with. My life was forever changed by this young man, and others should learn about his story and ability to persevere.

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

When things look bleak or I am at my wits end, I Continue due to the following quote: There are two great days in your life- the day you were born and the day you discover WHY you were born.  On my worst days, I do not focus on the “how” “what” “when” or “where.” I focus on my WHY. My Why is my reason for living. My WHY is a compilation of all I am and will become. When I think of being labeled special ed and at risk, I remember my Why!!! When I think about the blockages I once had in my heart, I think about my Why!!! When I think about the brother and sister I lost to debilitating diseases, I think of my Why. When I think about my life- it is a mission, not an intermission. I get fuel from inspiring and empowering others, and that is my Why. Failing does not make me a failure. I am aware there will be harvests and droughts in my life; however, I am steadfast in both, knowing my WHY is greater than any setback or obstacle.

K is for Knowledge. What keys to success can you leave for others?

I sincerely believe the keys to success and significance are as follows:

  1. Treat people right. I believe when you treat people with respect and dignity, you will reap a bountiful harvest of endless blessings and opportunities will show up when you least expect them.
  2. Don’t live to prove others wrong; it is wasted energy. Instead of proving others wrong; prove yourself RIGHT!!!
  3. Surround yourself with people of vision and purpose. I tell young people all the time: The company you keep will determine the levels you reach.
  4. Stop spending money you don’t have, buying things you don’t need – to impress people who don’t care. Investing in resources and materials to enhance your purpose will bring forth economic stability and ultimately prosperity IF invested properly.
  5. Networking=Net Worth. Learn from those who are GREAT at what you seek to do or become. Speak to everyone because the person you ignore could be the KEY to your growth and impact on the planet. Build relationships because relationships will transform your dreams into reality. I network daily, whether at an event, in the line at the grocery store or simply talking to people on the street. Network often!!!

In closing- Each day you awaken and your feet hit the floor, start clapping. Why? It may be the only standing ovation you receive all day. Start the day by giving thanks and then celebrate the gift you are to the planet because that is what you are- a GIFT!!! Never let anyone’s negative opinion of you become your opinion of yourself, and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do- especially if they’ve never done it!!!! Live your life with purpose on purpose and when doubt attempts to creep in, remember my global quote: not impossible/I’M POSSIBLE!!!

Thank you Derrick for being a MOVEMENT not a monument!!!

Go to www.keithlbrown.com to learn more about the Motivator of the Millennium.”

DERRICK Interview with Australian Author Robyn Opie Parnel

January 11, 2013

RobynOpieEncouragement 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 Australian Author Robyn Opie Parnell who has written 88 books. Robyn lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her writer husband Rob Parnell, her dog Spock and thousands of children’s books. She works full time writing for children.

Robyn wrote her first children’s book while at high school. It was a mystery similar to the Nancy Drew series. When Robyn was a child,  she wished she could be Nancy Drew because the teenage sleuth was always involved in an exciting adventure.

Robyn has always loved writing and reading. She writes children’s books for pleasure. Her other interests include watching Aussie Rules Football. Her favourite team is the Adelaide Crows. Go Crows! She also enjoys listening to music, playing pool, watching movies, seeing friends, swimming and exercising.

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

Since the age of 15, I dreamed of being a published author. In 1999, my first 3 children’s books were published. I’m now the published author of 86 children’s books. My dream continues… I want to keep writing children’s books but I also dream of writing feature films. I’ve co-written a family feature film with my husband, Rob Parnell.

E is for Encourage: What encourages you?

I’m encouraged by children who respond so enthusiastically to books. I’m also encouraged by a universe that is so full of potential. Anything is possible.

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

I’m the author of an e-book called You’re Amazing – the Law of Attraction for Young People. I’m the author of the e-book How to Write a Great Children’s Book. I’m the author of 86 books, 2 writing courses and a feature film screenplay.

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

I’m not sure I’m entirely ready for what I’m doing now. Every day, I’m testing my comfort zone. Every day, I’m growing. I will say that I’m ready for the challenges.

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

My husband Rob Parnell. Rob is a great writer, teacher, mentor, director, producer, film maker, artist, composer – and a wonderfully genuine person. I wish I could bottle him. I’d be rich!

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

I continue because I believe in my destiny. I believe that I’m meant to be a writer and that I’m meant to expand, grow and meet challenges. When you think about life rationally, we’d get bored if everything always came to us easily and with little effort. We need challenges to keep life interesting.

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

The key to success is persistence – never give up! Sometimes I think to myself that I can’t give up because I could be so close to achieving my goal. I keep going. To expand on the key to success, we add 2 others – practice, patience and persistence. The 3P’s are the keys!

Visit Robyn Opie Parnell for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Kidz for a Cure Founder and Teenager Madison Lewandowski

January 8, 2013

MadisonLewandowskiEncouragement 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 Madison Lewandowski is a 13-year old girl who started the charity, Kidz for
a Cure, when she was 8-years old. She wanted to inspire other young people to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. To date, she has raised over $20,000. Madison is an avid dancer and gymnast having competed in the Nationals competition in Long Beach in the summer of 2012. She’s an avid artist and has won many art competition. She loves to write, has won many writing contests, one about her struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. As a result, she was a guest speaker at last year International OCD Foundation’s Annual Convention in San Diego. When she was seven, Madison started her own business, Maddie’s Monkey Business, which as morphed over the years and mainly focuses on her line of Wish Bracelets, which ties in with her charity. A portion of her sales in donated to Kidz for a Cure.

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

I hope that because of Kidz for a Cure, doctors will actually find the cure for cancer. I hope there will no longer be children sick because of cancer. Kidz for a Cure is an annual fundraising event that I created when I was eight years old to try and raise funds for pediatric cancer research. So far Kidz for a Cure has raised over $20,000 since its inception.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

Every year when I see the outcome of the event and how many people want to support us, I remember how important this is and why I do it every year.

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

This whole event is made for kids, started by a kid. Kids are supposed to be in charge of selling toys for kids with cancer. It’s all about kids helping kids.

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

I was eight and asked my father if I could sell some of my out-grown toys at the next yard sale. The next day my four-year old sister, Maya, asked to do the same. It was then that I realized that I might have the ability to inspire other children to do the same thing. As soon as we came up with the idea, I knew it could be done and I could do it. You will never know if you are ready for something until you give it a try.

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

My sister, Maya, is very inspiring. She made pictures when she was six and sold them for donations for the victims of the Haiti tsunami, raising over $650 for Direct Relief. Last year when she was eight, she hosted art show and raised over $1,400 for our local Humane Society. Being a lover of art and animals, this year at age nine, she started her own business, making toys called Wigglo Pets. They’ve become an international hit selling in New Zealand, Canada, Israel and Russia. A portion of her sales is donated to Kidz for a Cure. She also donated 25 Wigglos that she created for a local  non-profit called the Unity Shoppe, that offers struggling families the opportunity to “shop” for toys and gifts during the holidays.

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

When things seem to get overwhelming, I remember all of the sick kids I will be helping and how many people are counting on me to have this event to help pediatric cancer.

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

When I came up with this idea, it was beyond imaginable, but because I believed I could do it, and just went for it, I could. Believe in yourself. Dream big. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And, when you fall, dust yourself off and keep going.

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

Visit Madison Lewandowski for more information.

The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Friday

November 9, 2012

The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes  brings you The DAILY Message to inspire, uplift and empower you to your next level.

In This Issue:

1. The Daily Derricknym is FLOUR. Shake and Bake with FLOUR (Finding Love Opens Up Resources). You can also order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is Children. Never stop training our children. As you are taught teach them the way. If you have no youth in your life please volunteer at a local program. One day they will teach you. This is brought to you by Motivation Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to look in the mirror and reach for the star.

We provide you with the DAI (Derricknyms, Apps and Ideas) so that you will be inspired to have a great DAY (Dreams Are Yours).

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com  and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.

DERRICK Interview with Inspirational Writer Lynda J. Sanders

November 5, 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 Lynda J. Sanders who is a proud member of Conquering Power Church of Deliverance. God is the nucleus of everything I do. I am currently an advocate for students with learning and behavioral challenges. Most of my focus is about our youth. My goal is to use my writing to help heal and inspire the world.

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

My dream and goals run hand and hand. I intend on traveling throughout the world encouraging the lives of individuals through my novels, plays and inspirational writing. I began my writing journey at the age of 9 spending much of my time in my room.  I am now working towards being a published author and playwright. I also desire to become an effective motivational speaker. I believe the best way for me to accomplish that is to share what I have experienced in my own life. I want to speak on becoming an over comer. As far as my achievements, I have completed about 10 novels; 4 of which I desire to have published titled A Test of Faith, Collision, Secrets of an Angel and Guilty as Sin. I have completed a short story titled The Garbage Eater. Not to mention every day I achieve being a mother, wife and survivor of several car accidents and other health issues. I am trying to finish my degree in Education which I had started but this was interrupted because of finances.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

A lot of the time I encourage myself. That was a lesson that I had to learn and still learning to do. I have experienced if you wait on others to give encouragement you may become discouraged to a point that you may not accomplish your purpose in life. And there could be someone in this world in need of what you have to offer them. But another factor that helps me to be encouraged is seeing people’s lives change through something that I may have imparted in their life in some shape or form.

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

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One of my resources is that I am different than most people my age. Several young people gravitate to me because I’m honest and straight to the point. Not to mention that God has also blessed me that I am still youthful and also look younger than what I really am. I don’t believe that is a coincidence. I have learned how to connect with young people especially the ones that are difficult to reach. That is a skill that I believe is major because it helps me help youth excel to move on to where they need to be. I’m also a good listener and I try not to be judgmental when anyone finds me to be a confidant. Listening to a person shows that you care and that you have their best interest at heart. I have also found that when I share my own personal struggles that helps individuals feel that I may be able to relate to what they are going through.

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

When I said yes to my purpose in life and stopped trying to escape from the person I was created to be. I had to embrace that I am unique and not like others. I have written even a poem how I was a puzzle piece placed among a puzzle that I didn’t fit in. For years I tried to be like my older sisters but I was always uncomfortable trying to be someone I was not. Instead since then I have embraced who Lynda J. is and began to fit in my own shoes not someone else’s shoes.

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

There are a few that I could name. But I mostly would like to name my son Mack D. Sanders and the Man of God over two of our churches Overseer Hayward R. Hamilton.

I chose Mack D. Sanders because he has learned how to be a true young man even around men that never want to grow up. Unfortunately so many men do not realize when they are not in their rightful places that our society and families suffer. This young man has learned his value. Mack has never followed the crowd. He didn’t even mind going the opposite direction alone when others even his friends were running towards destruction with their eyes wide open. There are many weights in life that Mack has carried without running to others for advice. He is a 24 year old, strong, praying young man. Mack knows how to stand tall when the going gets rough. Because of Mack’s challenges as a young man he is often sought after by males of all ages. He has the ability to be a life coach. Mack has knowledge to offer about being a true gentleman that men his senior have no clue about. He is faithful, hard working and dependable. Mack is the type of young man that would labor with other males that want and are willing to turn their lives around for the better. Mack is definitely beyond his years and full of wisdom.

Then there is Dr. Hayward R. Hamilton. I so appreciate the man that Dr. Hamilton is. This man is willing to give so much of himself. He is one of the most intelligent, young men I have ever met. His knowledge is awesome and impeccable especially for someone who is only 33 years old. No matter the age, there is so much that he can offer men, women, and anyone young or old. Hamilton definitely got it going on. There aren’t too many areas in life that Dr. Hamilton cannot give sound life changing advice on. No topic is taboo that he will not address. He’ll discuss anything. Which I believe is so important in this day and time when individuals are sugar coating and hiding in the closet. I love it. People need to be feed the truth not treated like babies unless they are a baby. Though Hamilton is highly educated it is most obvious that the words he speak do not come from a book. Unless it is a book that he himself has written like his titled book, “I say, what He says.” Dr. Hamilton needs to facilitate workshops and seminars. The whole world needs to hear what this young man has to say. I will never forget him telling me once that he plans to die empty. Meaning he wants to pass on everything that is inside of him to others.

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

The answer to that question is God, my children and other young people presently in my life and those to come in my future gives me the esteem to move forward. I have made a prominent impact in the lives of several individuals young and old for such a time as now. I don’t want to impart a seed of quitting in anyone’s life.

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

  1. To always pray in every situation, especially when it looks bleak and when you feel unsuccessful.
  2. To never stop learning no matter how old; up until you leave this earth.
  3. Always ask questions from experts.
  4. Make time management essential in your life.
  5. Have confidence in yourself no matter who says what. God has the final say.
  6. Never be full of so much pride that you have a chip on your shoulder. Otherwise no one will want to help you if you think you always know it all.

Please visit Lynda J. Sanders for more information.