Truth be told I'm not an easy man. I can be an entertaining one though it's been my experience that most people don't want to be entertained. They want to be comforted.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
If it is surely the means to the highest end we know can any work be humble...
Tell the truth work hard and come to dinner on time.