Origins

Consider those first conversations humans had when we were toying with the word communication, what it meant, and its implications.

Brad Milne, Creator/Founder

Some people call it the it factor, that magical combination of things that makes a person really stand out in a crowd. For 37 years I’ve been coaching athletes, entrepreneurs, working professionals, and artists and have noticed that this IT factor has common elements. To some people it comes naturally while others have to learn it through a series of trained habits. Those habits when well-practiced have shown consistent results in a heightened state of engagement with any subject or task. Its a skill I call Collabication. For me this all started 54 years ago. I was born with life threatening Asthma, so bad that in 1964 for a 2-year stretch I lived in a Miami hospital while my family lived in Toronto. Asthma and related illnesses had me in and out of hospitals for over 3-½ years by the time I was ten. My life’s challenge in the pursuit of breathing had a profoundly positive impact, it taught me the importance of better breathing practices. And from those practices is where the root and story of Collabication begins.

Told not to engage in outdoor winter activities due to my illness I watched a lot of TV, so much TV I taught my self to ski before even putting on my first pair of skis. By watching and creating visual patterns in my mind it was like I’d been skiing before I’d been skiing. In 1971 I saved up a jar of quarters and rode the bus to a sports shop purchasing my first pair of downhill ski’s. I couldn’t afford the poles and boots so I epoxied my only pair of dress boots directly to the skis and away I went for my first foray down a slope out back of our apartment building. I did it! I skied! This was perhaps my first experience with the IT factor. Although I did have one really bad fall that first day, face down, spread eagle, sliding in the snow and grass of early winter. What fun!

My parents had a significant impact on where I went in life. My dad whom I never saw walk as a result of a severe case of MS was a physician surgeon graduate of the University of Toronto. He might not have been able to throw a baseball with me but he got into his hand controlled 1968 Dodge Monaco a boat with wheels when I was a young teen and drove me up to ski areas. He’d park and watch me ski. It was a blast going on those trips with him. My mom one of the most successful life insurance sales people in Canada at the time always taught me the importance of being good to other people and not being afraid to express my views.

I begged my parents to let me take up skiing, five years later I entered the world of competitive freestyle skiing and in 1979 was a national champion. Wow! How did that happen? I could barely spend ten minutes in the cold before I started wheezing let alone build a career out there. It’s amazing how our bodies adapt when we let them. I came into the sport at a time when there was abundant creativity evolving while it found its way to becoming part of the Olympics in the late 80’s. In my discipline (ballet  or acro skiing) the routines we did in competition were a combination of skiing, dancing, figure skating, and gymnastics all choreographed to music. Competitors of that era didn’t have access to many coaches because there weren’t many. We trained and created in groups on our own and occasionally went to training camps. I designed my own training program that brought many different elements together giving me an edge on the competition. Looking back on this I realize I was collabicating with the experience- the task. Having a natural born inclination to coaching at 17 I was figuring out ways to not only improve my experience but also the experience of others. In the summer of ‘79 I was gifted with the opportunity to manage and coach a very unique summer ski camp in Toronto that had campers training on huge rolls of astro turf laid out on a gentle slope. I created and interwove a blend of several forms of cross training to help improve their overall abilities. The results: many of these campers went on to win provincial, national, and for a couple of them world championship events.

This penchant for creativity followed me into my entrepreneurial career when In 1983 I birthed a small start-up tech company in Toronto called Network One which struck a deal with A & M Records Canada to run a visionary marketing pilot (a closed circuit advertising network). As a young entrepreneur I’d had a few experiences with business at that point (23) but was only beginning to hone what it takes to team build, raise money and run a company. I created something that I now call the “Personal Commercial”. I wrote a one minute story that summed up what I was selling. It was also my way of further defining the product and the offering. By having a story that was born out of my own thinking combined with my own challenges and goals I was able to improvise with it regardless of the engagement. In the process I pushed boundaries practicing the story in a variety of random ways and the results were positively profound. Throughout the 80’s I was engaged in varied businesses in technology, sports and entertainment. Often being involved from the point of view of business development and sales I was forced to learn to communicate better and become more effective. If there’s one thing I’ve gleaned from those experiences its the importance of making strong connections with people while respecting their needs, boundaries and goals. Once again my mentoring instinct kicked in and coaching became a big focus in how I worked with people and companies in helping them achieve their goals.

Connecting with others became the major focus of my life and in 1991 I took up Acting. What was I thinking! I’ve always loved scaring myself, sometimes to the point of extreme heart palpitations. But acting? I had to earn a living at it so I was forced to book jobs. In so doing I had a reinforced discovery a revelation that there is major learning going on when we’re thrown into a situation completely out of our comfort zone. Somehow I suppose I knew this because it was happening instinctively when as a child I was wheezing horribly, simultaneously my body was teaching me how to survive and eventually thrive. In my first five years in the acting career while working steadily as an actor I immersed myself in every form of training I could find (over 5,000 hours of it). The result of having both the experience of the training and the professional acting world at the same time I think would be something equivalent to Bachelors degree on steroids. Your completely immersed into a field of study while at the same time throwing yourself to the wolves and having to survive on the business side. Nothing simple about that and lots of incredible learning in the process. I designed a training curriculum within the craft of acting for myself that would eventually become the basis for a new area of coaching in my life: acting and human communication in general. With a huge passion for entertaining I had finally found an outlet to connect more broadly with people.

Weathered from the combined experiences in the thrills and spills of sports, to the tricky world of business, to the subjectivity of acting and performing I gained a unique perspective on human connectivity. As a coach and mentor I was led on a four decade journey that in 2011 would have me create an easily applicable set of principals which bring about successful results consistently. These principles at their root are essentially very basic: Energy, Task and Chance. I deduced a common theme from a multitude of experiences where when focused energy met up with a task and the accumulation and application of that energy was practiced in a consistent manner on its way to meeting up with that task that regardless of the intended result there was a much greater chance for success in all those participants willing to complete and practice the training.

As a competitive athlete I discovered that by blending multiple elements into my training and coaching curriculum that my chances for success and those of my students exponentially increased. As a young entrepreneur I once again blended varying disciplines together in order to solve problems helping both individuals and companies earn many millions of dollars. As an acting and performance coach these same principles would apply to participants at every level, novice through master. A formula: Energy x Task / Chance = Collabication. An evolved human connectivity skill born out of a dynamic seven-step training program that significantly elevates interpersonal connectivity. The principles behind the training when well applied provide a big leap forward in our ability to connect, create and execute while living in-the-moment, intuitively, creatively and as think-on-our-feet people. We communicate, we collaborate and evolve to collabicate.