Derrick Hayes is the #1 Encouragement Speaker and is internationally known for having the unique talent of turning names and words into positive messages within seconds right before your eyes. Hayes calls these Derricknyms.
At Tennessee State University he started his business as a freshman with three packs of hot dogs. Selling them to hungry students, Hot Dog Heaven was founded. Paying his way through college with Hot Dogs gave Derrick the inspiration he needed to begin teaching other people how to run a business.
Before graduation Derrick realized that some students were not able to finish school because of financial hardships. This revelation inspired Derrick to help start The Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund that has helped raise over $500,000.00 so that College of Business students can complete their education.
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.”
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.
Derrick Hayes is never selfish with his success as daily he gives back to other experts and entrepreneurs by providing them with guest blogging opportunities and publicity with his world famous DERRICK Interview.
Today’s Honoree was inspired when Derrick realized there was a need to reward others while they are still alive. Today’s Honoree is a blog that gives people a chance to nominate or be nominated for an award by their peers. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are or how much or less money you have each Today’s Honoree has to be nominated by someone other than themselves.
When Derrick is not speaking or blogging he is writing original quotes for his Android and iPhone application Motivation To Your Mobile that gives subscribers all over the world a new positive word of encouragement right to their smartphone at the start of each day.
“A brilliant man and helped out a lot to the questions I had in PR and marketing”
Joel Hinojosa –Reeding High School
“Derrick’s presentation was an absolute inspiration for my life and my business”
Sean Royer – UW-Eau Claire
“Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement”
Amy Pschierer – Genesee Community College
“Derrick Hayes has really inspired a young entrepreneur like myself to to really connect with everyone”
Orlando Tate, Jr. – Ball State University
“Derrick’s enthusiasm for life is contagious. He sincerely cares about the people around him. Derrick is a great example of someone who finds joy in seeing others succeed”
Bryan C. Bennett – Brigham Young University
“Thank you for sharing PR leads that were great”
Joyce McCauley – Saint Louis University
Dr. Jerome A. Kat – Saint Louis University Professor of Entrepreneurship
“Social Media Strategies to Position yourself as an Expert is a bright, motivational program that can inspire any young entrepreneur to explore the endless opportunities to promote their business”
Nora Kipp – Genesee Community College
“Very inspirational and informative”
Abbey Brau - College of St. Benedict
“Derrick Hayes gave us an encouraging word that if you can’t do big things, do small things in a big way”
Pastor Timothy Beard – Danville Community College VA
“You’re awesome, thanks for teaching us about networking and being service minded”
Hong Zoo Lu – St. john’s University
“Informational and Inspirational”
Sarah Harbottle – The College of Wooster
“Derrick’s presentation changed the way I think about social media and ways to market my business”
John Breitbart – Miami University of Ohio
“Thanks for providing creative advice on how to brand yourself”
Marc Capistrant – Radford University
“Thank you for opening up the world of PR. I now have many valuable strategies to market myself in business”
Emily Reznecheck – College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University
“Derrick Hayes opens our eyes to opportunities and how to see if they are for you or for someone else in your network”
Olga Rozmuszcs - College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University