The 2 people in a 121 lesson are the teacher and the student. In a group lesson it’s students of course. This structure is what the lesson is ie a person who wants help and a person who can give help. However, it’s not always that simple.
Introduce your boss and his boss, maybe ADOS and DOS. Then there may be a director, a head of teaching/senior teacher or a course manager. All of this is in the school but even before the student came there was a sales office, a magazine, an advert and even word of mouth. Everything affected what the student expected and what you should deliver.
If the student is from a company there’s his boss, the person in charge of organising the training, your boss and other admin people on either side.
Due to all this other ‘noise’ it’s not surprising that we lose sight of the student-teacher bond and why it’s not always possible to focus on what they want or need and what we would like to do.
You could argue that all these ‘experts’ know what the students need far better than them but is that true and doesn’t all that ‘noise’ just make everything more complicated?