In The Imperial Animal, Tiger and Fox (1971) make a wonderful comment about the nature of teaching: “We have a propensity to learn. We also have a propensity to teach. These combine to make the teacher-student relationship a very satisfying one. That it often is not may very well be that what is primarily a social relationship has become a technical transaction” (152).
If the instructor-learner relationship is reduced to nothing more than a technical interchange, that is indeed sad.
Nonetheless, anybody who teaches or leads conferences knows that there are “little things” you can do to make the experience more successful. Those “little things” are called technique.
In a sense, the instructor manages a series of stimulus-response ...