This was not easy! These are 150 friends who I consider family and telling them this very shitty news was very difficult. As I approached the front of the meeting room to tell them, I heard the sighs and the"no's" from our 150 employees. Before saying a single word. Most of them knew, it was just a matter of seconds until they heard it out of my mouth. I had to take a few deep breaths before I started speaking to be sure I cold keep my composure. I made sure I didn't make eye contact with certain employees because I knew I would lose focus. There weren't too many dry eyes but we all knew in the end what we had to do.
I also went public with my blog using Facebook and twitter. I wanted to be sure all my loved ones were hearing it from me and not anyone else or worse dramatic rumors.