Countless individuals vow for a change. Be it spiritually, financially or mentally, goals cannot be accomplished without the encouragement to take the necessary steps. With a guiding hand and powerful words, encouragement speaker Derrick Hayes is here to help.
From the workplace to the church pews, people need encouragement to propel them to the God-given success they already possess, Derrick says. While it’s inside already, sometimes an extra push is needed. He strives to provide that.
Derrick has the unique talent of turning names and words into positive messages within seconds right before an audience’s eyes. He calls these Derricknyms. His critically acclaimed first book by the same name (first print 2000) was utilized in corporate, religious and scholastic settings.
Derrick is a highly sought-after speaker nationwide. He was featured as the keynote speaker at several events sponsored by entities like the U.S. Department of Commerce, Brown Sanders College, Georgia State University, Tennessee Childcare Facilities Corporation, Mississippi 4-H, American Camping Association, Bowie State University, Tennessee State University, Georgia Power and Jackson State University, among others.
What are you working on right now?
Motivation To Your Mobile is what I’m currently working on. Motivation To Your Mobile is a subscription service that sends an uplifting message to cell phone users each morning during the business week. For more information, or to sign up for Motivation To Your Mobile, go to MotivationToYourMobile.com.
3 Trends that excite you?
Social media is a trend that excites me as it gives small business owners an opportunity to be on the same playing field as the big guys. Social media allows me to interact with others and allow them to interact with me as I grow.
Mobile marketing is a trend that I know you will either get with or get left behind. I’m learning as I go since I started a service in this industry.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Bringing ideas to life is a simple three-step process for me.
1. I think about and get inspired with an idea.
2. I write the idea on paper and see how many different ways I can present the idea.
3. I implement the idea.
What is one mistake you’ve made that our readers can learn from?
One mistake I made is when I asked someone to buy a domain name for me. The person ended up selling the domain name for $5,000. I ended up with no domain name and no money out of the deal. The lesson I learned is to have yourself in a position so that you have more control over your future.
What is one book and one tool (i.e., piece of software) that helps you bring ideas to life?
The book I read is “The Maxwell Leadership Bible” as it gives me the word of God with leadership principles.
The tool that helps me is my phone. When I create ideas I’m able to text them to myself so I can save them.
What is one idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Make A Call For Me Card. It would be an emergency card you carry that lists your important contacts and medical information. If they find you and the card is on you, it lets others know who to call on your behalf in an emergency situation. It can save others time in providing care to others in a critical point in their life.
How big do you think Motivation To Your Mobile will be?
Mobile businesses have unlimited potential. If you get 20,000 yearly subscribers you can be a millionaire.
Why do you help others?
I know that when you help and encourage others, in time they will return and encourage you. In each of us is a gift, that with the proper nurturing, can develop greatness. I look to find those with talent who have not had the opportunities and help them achieve.
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Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.