Public Speaking Skills:
Proverb Fortune Cookie Humor
(Note: Determine if this is politically correct for your audience.)
Some presenters throw in a cute diversion to an otherwise boring public speaking engagement by attributing a saying to an ancient Chinese philosopher. Since these sayings are not attributed to anyone in particular, feel free to change or update them to fit your situation and to enhance their comedic value.
(The term 'original' here means as original as something can be after being recited and translated for several hundred years.)
Original: You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from flying over
your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.
Original: He who walk on eggs should tread lightly.
Original: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
The contrast of the update to the original provides the humor, and is involved in mastering your public speaking skills.
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