Derrick Hayes

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University, is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops.

Hayes has the unique talent of turning names and words into positive messages within seconds right before your eyes. Hayes calls these Derricknyms. His critically acclaimed first book by the same name (first print 2000) has been utilized in corporate, religious and scholastic settings. Personalized Derricknyms can be ordered by going to One of the most frequently used Derricknyms is W.O.E.

I always tell people to make sure they give others a W.O.E. daily. Hayes says, “In the general context, a woe is a problem.” In the Derricknym fashion, it is a Word of Encouragement.

To book Derrick for a speaking engagement or media event, please send an email to or call 706-615-1662.

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If you let your background keep you from moving forward you will always be a background singer.

Today’s Brilliance from Derrick Hayes

Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. If you tell your story to enough of the right people, help will be on the way. Is money stopping you from fulfilling your destiny? I want you to look to your F.A.M.I.L.Y. and see how close you are to seeing your dreams come true. Your F.A.M.I.L.Y. network consists of people that are your Friends, Associates, Ministry, Inspiration, from Learning and You. It’s time that you ask your F.A.M.I.L.Y. for help so you can live more abundantly. Friends are people that you communicate with on a regular basis. Whodini had a hit… Read more.