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									DESCRIPTION OF SPEECH: A speech addressing a company’s workforce after an acquisition or
merger (literary in tone).

WHOM SPEECH IS SUITABLE FOR: CEO, President, Department Director, etc. “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” Those are the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald and as we, [Company Name], bring [acquired/merged Company Name] into the fold [if necessary, add “becoming {New Company Name}”]. Sure—we are not completely starting over, from scratch. We bring [Company Name]’s experience and proven way of doing business to [the acquisition/merger/New Company Name], and things don’t seem as unpredictable as they did when [Company Name] was just starting out. But, in man y ways, we are starting over. As in all of life, we don’t have to be literally born again to start over. Also, as in our lives, we are “starting over” this time with the benefit of all the experience and wisdom life has brought us so far. To be certain, this is a change. While we will proceed forward mostly through the proven methods that have made [Company Name] a success all along, every major change spawns a series of myriad mini-changes and I don’t think anybody of this room will remain unaffected by it. Some can—and undoubtedly do—argue that we shouldn’t have proceeded with this [acquisition/merger]. “Not now, anyway.” Or “not in this way.” Maybe some even say, “Not [acquired/merged Company Name].” While I’ll admit that perhaps there’s a valid concern or question out there from those naysayers, I can tell you what their biggest reservation is: This is a change. And every change is questioned. Alvin Toffler wrote, “Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.” What would life be, what would the world be, without change? Nothing resembling what we currently recognize as life, that’s for sure. Let’s say that, at some point, change simply stopped. Every child would realize that they would never become an adult. Every teenager would realize they would never obtain a driver’s license. Every one of us would realize we can no longer hope for a 
								
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