This is to help you in all your communication, from personal to professional.
Never speak to anyone with the intention of making them feel like they are less than. Speak with hopes that they will feel loved. Speak with hopes that they will understand that you don’t sugar coat things because sugar coating rots teeth. Sometimes you have to give them the spicy food for thought in order to spark the change that is necessary to be successful. Be intentional and considerate in your choice of words. Know when you must be firm and when it is time to be compassionate. But, in all things, be genuine and, when being critical, come from a place of high expectation. If you can do that in your communications from this point on, no one can fault you.
Make professional development a priority.