Ok, so maybe Heroes of Humanity is a bit of a stretch when we think about the professions of trainers, speakers and coaches, but is it?  In a world that has been advanced by the technological revolution, it seems that our culture of human interaction is becoming more limited as the years go on.

The reality is that we live in a world where there are now estimates as high as 55% of jobs that could be taken over by automation within the next 30 years.  To someone like myself who has built a career developing human capital, not through a network of servers but with a far superior tool we all know as our brains, frankly these stats kind of frighten me a bit.  (Maybe more than a bit.)

Now this isn’t a post against technology. I’d be a hypocrite if that were the case, as I sit here writing on my laptop, transcribing notes I took on my smart phone.   Rather, this is a reminder of what makes us human, and in any research you can find, speech is always going to be on that list.

Our extraordinary brains will also appear on that list.   We may not have the largest brains out there, but this is a case where size doesn’t matter.  Our brains give us the ability to not only communicate, but to reason and think on our feet! 

Though it is not fully clear when or how our speech evolved, it was partly driven by another human trait – our superior social skills.

We may not come with cool costumes or superhuman powers, but by looking beyond the screens and being part of the NCCA community, we become heroes of communicating, learning, and socializing.  What a great league of heroes we get to be a part of!

I for one will be at the October 13th Toronto City Hall NCCA Event, both to learn from others and to add my two cents at the Panel Discussion.  I hope to see many of you there!


Lauren Waldman

NCCA Canada Advisor, Designated Trainer

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