Be thoughtful in your delivery
Don’t skirt around the issue
When it comes to bad breath, we often think that subtly offering a piece of gum will help the person take a hint. But assuming she will understand the hidden meaning behind your actions dilutes your message and may lead to continued bad breath in the future. Worse yet, she could think that you don’t respect her enough to address the issue to her face.
Instead, it’s best to address the issue head on and in a timely fashion. Be clear and specific about your observations and assessments and articulate the behavior you’d like to see going forward. Onions McGee will hear your feedback much clearer if it’s told to them straight up, and they won’t feel disrespected from being hinted at.
Don’t assume you have all the information
Create an action plan – together
Give feedback often
If the only feedback you ever got from your friend was that your breath was stank, you’d be pretty offended, wouldn’t you? But if the same friend noticed when you got a new haircut and complimented you on your new shoes, you’d probably be a little less touchy when she suggested a Tic Tac.
Happy Fresh Breath Day!
No one likes to be told they have stinky breath, but in the end most people appreciate that someone cared enough to tell them. Both giving and receiving constructive feedback can be tough, so use these tips and you can both leave these conversations with a smile – a nice, minty-fresh smile! Happy Fresh Breath Day!