I’m in the middle of a two-day conference in Tsawwassen, BC and I have one idea to share about a presenter’s responsibility to her participants. I feel like I could write a whole manifesto on this (maybe someday I will!) but for now here’s just one thing:

A presenter has a responsibility to ask questions of her participants. To ask them to tell her what they think. To ask them to tell their table what they think. To ask them to ask questions of each other.

I will go so far as to say that we should be done with caring solely about what one person thinks. Sometimes what one person is thinking is what the rest of us were thinking five years ago. In this world, one person’s contribution to a conference session is very limited. We want to know what many people think. The innovation of our work depends on it!