“May I be frank” and the power of candor

Sounds a bit like a Harry Potter title, doesn’t it. Well, many people who are close to me are well aware how much I hate the common “may I be frank” phrase. Sure, you may be frank; does that mean you did bullsh** me the entire time before? Of course, we all know that this phrase usually introduces something unpleasant, but why not deliver the “bad” news as part of daily communication? It might soften the blow and, who knows, maybe the situation would have resolved itself without any significant confrontation; just because we were “frank” to each other all the time. 

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