The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!

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Boosting Morale

The poet Theodore Roethke once said, “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” And in the wake of these recent layoffs, in this dark time of tremendous insecurity and uncertainty, it is imperative that we maintain a clear vision—both of the way things are now and of the way they will be.

It probably comes as a surprise to no one that after our merger with Calco Pharmaceutical and the consequential layoffs, I have called everyone together. I am not going to pull any punches in this discussion. You are my staff, and I want to be frank with you. I want to tell you what I know about the immediate future of this company. I want to empower you with these facts. I want to create an atmosphere of security, understandably no easy task when some of our coworkers have just been downsized. But we now need to move forward to ensure our own jobs. And I believe together we can do this. Today, I'm going to share with you the three-step plan that is going to take this company into its next phase of existence.

Let me first say, though, that no more layoffs are in the immediate future. If you are sitting in this meeting listening to me, you do have job security. Please take that in. This company needs you. All of your jobs are essential. This is a fact.

Now for our three-step plan for a better, more lucrative future: merging, identifying, and modifying. Step One: Merging. Change is never easy. Transition is often uncomfortable. But the outcome can reap tremendous benefits for all. The merging phase of the threestep plan is going to be the hardest. The way we are used to doing our work is going to be questioned. Our operations and methods will be closely scrutinized. It is enough to make the most secure worker feel a little shaky. But, hear me, this is just part of the process.

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