William Colgrove
Threespot
TIPS FOR SURVIVING A
ZOMBIE
APOCALYPSE
(OR WHAT THE LIVING DEAD CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT
A FUTURE CAREER IN CREATIVE SERVICES)
SOME SIMPLE MATH
TEAM
+
=
PROBLEM
SOLUTION
SURVIVORS
+
=
ZOMBIES
SHOTGUNS!
CREATIVES
+
=
CLIENT
MAGIC!
≠
SOLUTION
PLAN
YOU MUST
PLAN
NO PLAN? YOU WILL GET EATEN.
ZOMBIES CAN’T PLAN.
“IT HAS BEEN PROVEN,TIME AND AGAIN,
THAT OUR GREATEST ADVANTAGE OVER
THE UNDEAD IS OUR ABILITY TO THINK.
THE MENTAL CAPACI...
NO PLAN? YOU WILL GET EATEN.
ZOMBIES CAN’T PLAN.
THE MALL?
GOOD FOR ANY SIZE CRISIS.
SAME GOES FOR YOUR CAREER...
NOT FOREVER.
“JUST GOING TO GET THROUGH THE DAY”
LIVING REVIEW TO REVIEW IS AIMLESS.
LONG VS. SHORT TERM
ONE LAST THING...
ALWAYS LEAVE AN
ESCAPEROUTE
NEVER HIDE IN THE CELLAR.
EVEN MY 5-YEAR-OLD KNOWS THIS.
ONE WAY OUT.
OPEN MIND & OPEN DOORS.
REMAIN
CALM
DO NOT LOSE YOUR SHIT.
BE LIKE THIS GUY...
DO NOT LOSE YOUR SHIT.
BE LIKE THIS GUY...
STICK WITH HIM.
HE DOESN’T PANIC.
SAME THING WITH CLIENTS...
WE SOLVE PROBLEMS.
DROP IN, DO THE JOB, AND MOVE ON TO...
ANOTHER PROBLEM.
IT’S A CALLING.
DEVELOP NEW
SKILLS
FAST FOOD?
HUNTING AND GATHERING.
GO VEGAN.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN A CRICKET?
KEEP YOUR ENERGY UP.
ALWAYS BE LEARNING.
SHOULD NOT BE YOUR PRIMARY SKILL.
PROFICIENT AT PHOTOSHOP.
OPEN CONFLICT
AVOID
NO ARGUING.
12 SURVIVORS < 12,000,000+ ZOMBIES.
NEVER GO LOOKING FOR A FIGHT.
NO ARGUING.
12 SURVIVORS < 12,000,000+ ZOMBIES.
NEVER GO LOOKING FOR A FIGHT.
UNHAPPY ENDING.
CONFLICT IS UNAVOIDABLE.
AVO...
STAY
POSITIVE
NO HOPE.
NO GOING BACK TO THE WAY THINGS
USED TO BE.
DON’T LET IT GET TO YOU.
WE CHOSE THIS PATH.
DON’T FREEZE UP.
LOOMING DEADLINE.
DIFFICULT CLIENT.
BLANK SCREEN.
LEARN TO
IMPROVISE
“ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK,
FAILING,THEN BY TRIAL AND ERROR
DISCOVERING A NEW SOLUTION, IS A SKILL
SHARED BY MANY ME...
IMPROV IS WHAT WE DO. WE MAKE
STUFF UP.
SHIT WILL
HAPPEN.
STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR END GOAL.
EAT BRAINS.
AVOID HAVING BRAINS EATEN.
FINISH PROJECT.
THINGS WILL GO WRONG.
IT’S UP TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM
INNOVATE
COLLABORATE
COMPROMISE
SPEAKING OF WORKING TOGETHER...
YOUR TEAM
RELY ON
ALL BETS ARE OFF.
NOT THE TIME TO GO IT ALONE.
BUDDY UP.
ALL BETS ARE OFF.
NOT THE TIME TO GO IT ALONE.
BUDDY UP.
YOU NEED HIM, HE NEEDS YOU.
USE HIM AS BAIT.
YOU NEED HIM, WAY MORE THAN HE
NEEDS YOU.
PROVE YOU’RE A GOOD PARTNER.
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS PICK YOUR TEAM.
INVEST IN OTHERS.
DON’T GIVE UP TOO QUICKLY.
YOU NEED EX-COPS, BUT NOT ONLY
EX-COPS.
I COULD GO ON...
ZOMBIES ARE
EVERYWHERE
YOUR BOSS?
YOUR CLIENT?
YOUR CO-WORKER?
YOU?
ARE METAPHORS.
ZOMBIES
AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS...
RUN LIKE HELL.
THANK YOU.
WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE WORKS OF: GEORGE ROMERO, JOHN
RUSSO, SIMON PEGG, EDGAR WRIGHT, ROBERT KIRKMAN AND M...
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)
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Tips for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse (or what the living dead can teach you about a future career in creative services)

  1. 1. William Colgrove Threespot
  2. 2. TIPS FOR SURVIVING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (OR WHAT THE LIVING DEAD CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT A FUTURE CAREER IN CREATIVE SERVICES)
  3. 3. SOME SIMPLE MATH
  4. 4. TEAM + = PROBLEM SOLUTION
  5. 5. SURVIVORS + = ZOMBIES SHOTGUNS!
  6. 6. CREATIVES + = CLIENT MAGIC!
  7. 7. ≠ SOLUTION PLAN
  8. 8. YOU MUST PLAN
  9. 9. NO PLAN? YOU WILL GET EATEN. ZOMBIES CAN’T PLAN.
  10. 10. “IT HAS BEEN PROVEN,TIME AND AGAIN, THAT OUR GREATEST ADVANTAGE OVER THE UNDEAD IS OUR ABILITY TO THINK. THE MENTAL CAPACITY OF THE AVERAGE ZOMBIE RANKS SOMEWHERE BENEATH THAT OF AN INSECT.” - MAX BROOKS
  11. 11. NO PLAN? YOU WILL GET EATEN. ZOMBIES CAN’T PLAN. THE MALL? GOOD FOR ANY SIZE CRISIS. SAME GOES FOR YOUR CAREER...
  12. 12. NOT FOREVER. “JUST GOING TO GET THROUGH THE DAY” LIVING REVIEW TO REVIEW IS AIMLESS. LONG VS. SHORT TERM ONE LAST THING...
  13. 13. ALWAYS LEAVE AN ESCAPEROUTE
  14. 14. NEVER HIDE IN THE CELLAR. EVEN MY 5-YEAR-OLD KNOWS THIS. ONE WAY OUT. OPEN MIND & OPEN DOORS.
  15. 15. REMAIN CALM
  16. 16. DO NOT LOSE YOUR SHIT. BE LIKE THIS GUY...
  17. 17. DO NOT LOSE YOUR SHIT. BE LIKE THIS GUY... STICK WITH HIM. HE DOESN’T PANIC. SAME THING WITH CLIENTS...
  18. 18. WE SOLVE PROBLEMS. DROP IN, DO THE JOB, AND MOVE ON TO... ANOTHER PROBLEM. IT’S A CALLING.
  19. 19. DEVELOP NEW SKILLS
  20. 20. FAST FOOD? HUNTING AND GATHERING. GO VEGAN. HOW MANY CALORIES IN A CRICKET? KEEP YOUR ENERGY UP.
  21. 21. ALWAYS BE LEARNING. SHOULD NOT BE YOUR PRIMARY SKILL. PROFICIENT AT PHOTOSHOP.
  22. 22. OPEN CONFLICT AVOID
  23. 23. NO ARGUING. 12 SURVIVORS < 12,000,000+ ZOMBIES. NEVER GO LOOKING FOR A FIGHT.
  24. 24. NO ARGUING. 12 SURVIVORS < 12,000,000+ ZOMBIES. NEVER GO LOOKING FOR A FIGHT. UNHAPPY ENDING. CONFLICT IS UNAVOIDABLE. AVOID IT FOR ITS OWN SAKE.
  25. 25. STAY POSITIVE
  26. 26. NO HOPE. NO GOING BACK TO THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE. DON’T LET IT GET TO YOU.
  27. 27. WE CHOSE THIS PATH. DON’T FREEZE UP. LOOMING DEADLINE. DIFFICULT CLIENT. BLANK SCREEN.
  28. 28. LEARN TO IMPROVISE
  29. 29. “ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH A TASK, FAILING,THEN BY TRIAL AND ERROR DISCOVERING A NEW SOLUTION, IS A SKILL SHARED BY MANY MEMBERS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM BUT LOST ON THE WALKING DEAD.” - MAX BROOKS
  30. 30. IMPROV IS WHAT WE DO. WE MAKE STUFF UP.
  31. 31. SHIT WILL HAPPEN.
  32. 32. STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR END GOAL. EAT BRAINS. AVOID HAVING BRAINS EATEN. FINISH PROJECT. THINGS WILL GO WRONG.
  33. 33. IT’S UP TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM INNOVATE COLLABORATE COMPROMISE SPEAKING OF WORKING TOGETHER...
  34. 34. YOUR TEAM RELY ON
  35. 35. ALL BETS ARE OFF. NOT THE TIME TO GO IT ALONE. BUDDY UP.
  36. 36. ALL BETS ARE OFF. NOT THE TIME TO GO IT ALONE. BUDDY UP. YOU NEED HIM, HE NEEDS YOU. USE HIM AS BAIT.
  37. 37. YOU NEED HIM, WAY MORE THAN HE NEEDS YOU. PROVE YOU’RE A GOOD PARTNER. YOU CAN’T ALWAYS PICK YOUR TEAM. INVEST IN OTHERS.
  38. 38. DON’T GIVE UP TOO QUICKLY. YOU NEED EX-COPS, BUT NOT ONLY EX-COPS.
  39. 39. I COULD GO ON...
  40. 40. ZOMBIES ARE EVERYWHERE
  41. 41. YOUR BOSS? YOUR CLIENT? YOUR CO-WORKER? YOU?
  42. 42. ARE METAPHORS. ZOMBIES
  43. 43. AND IF ALL ELSE FAILS...
  44. 44. RUN LIKE HELL.
  45. 45. THANK YOU. WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE WORKS OF: GEORGE ROMERO, JOHN RUSSO, SIMON PEGG, EDGAR WRIGHT, ROBERT KIRKMAN AND MAX BROOKS. EMPTY AMERICA VIDEO BY: ROSS CHING. UNDEAD CONSULTATION & GRAPHIC ASSISTANCE BY: JOHN WEHMANN

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