CHAPTER 7

Be an Effective Communicator

Listen carefully and practice restraint of tongue and pen.

Back when my wife, Roxanne, and I had four boys under the age of nine keeping us on our toes, she announced that despite her heavy workload at home, she wanted to run a marathon.

My wife has never lacked energy or ambition.

On the other hand, I had taken a vow many years earlier that I would never punish my body by competing as a marathon runner.

But for some reason my sound thinking flew out the window, and I heard myself saying, “Sure, I’d be happy to run the marathon with you.”

The next thought that hit me was: “Did I really say that out loud?”

I made the commitment, and Roxanne held me to it with a vengeance.

In truth, however, although my feet ...

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