Sean's note: I gathered all this from the recently-concluded 2nd Philippine Blogging Summit, although I've placed everything in Zen-like proverbs because I just happen to feel infinitely tired tonight. Some people out there may recognize stuff that they've quoted or implied during that fateful Tuesday; you'll have to excuse me if I leave your names out of this one. :)
When given the choice between asking for directions and using a map, take the map. You can always ask for directions later.
Authority is relative. One man's king is another man's blind hobo.
Take down what information you need, but don't leave the paper behind.
When faced with a choice between two things, go for the unfamiliar and unheralded. Its success inevitably feels all the more sweeter.
Laughter is the great equalizer.
Don't laugh at the person. Laugh at the situation.
There are two ways to get an audience's immediate attention: laughter, and crude sexual references. One of them is more preferable than the other.
When given a choice between food and oratory, most people will take the food.
Men are all too good at destroying themselves. If you wish to destroy a man, you can usually afford to wait.
An intermittent connection is just as bad as having no connection at all.
You will find some measure of good in every man, although some souls will take a lot more digging than others. Some searchers, on the other hand, will grow impatient with a lot less digging.
How strange it is, that we put on so many faces that are not our own.
You cannot expect to teach birds to swim, or fish to fly. But you will always encounter birds who wonder what it is like to float beneath the waves, and fish who wonder what it is like to soar through the air.
No matter how much we hate to admit it, we all crave attention.
It is all too easy to let time slip through your fingers. Gripping it too tightly, however, will burn your hands.
A man is defined by how he deals with his circumstances, whether he escapes to more favorable realms, or stands fast in the face of the storm.
Questions are not merely asked to satisfy your own curiosity. Questions can just as easily raise the most salient of arguments.
An audience will see you either as an expert or as a peer. You must realize the difference every time you look into their eyes.
Being a good writer does not automatically make you a good speaker. Being a good speaker does not automatically make you a good writer. Being both does not automatically make you a good person.
Give any man a time limit and he will eventually find a way to break it.
What sense does it make to arrive too early for the party and then leave long before the celebration starts? What sense does it make to arrive late to the party and then leave long after everyone is gone?
One can never have too many pandas.