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UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 | Public Speaking Course | WRITTEN & RECORDED
Delivering a webinar series designed to inspire Australian businesses, communities and government to tackle climate change

At a glance

Client: The British High Commission + Climate Works Australia

Results:

Drew 1026 viewers over three-episodes

Attracted representatives from key government & industry roles

Secured hosts who are leading the climate change conversation

Scope of work:

Production / editorial / research /copywriting / scripting / briefs / content creation / coaching / event management / event planning / talent scouting / live production / strategic advice / project management

Format: Television-style interview-based webinar series

Episodes: Three-part online event series

Industry: Government, Education, Governance, Industry, Sustainability, Climate Research

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Project description

For this climate action project, we created the entertaining and highly informative webinar series, ‘Building Our Future’. This series featured climate change experts across multiple time-zones. Our goal was to familiarise Australian governments, businesses and organisations with the UK’s COP26 campaigns – and bring new ambition to achieving net zero emissions by mid-century.

The climate action challenge

The UK are hosts of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, taking place from 1-12 November 2021. This climate summit holds governments to account for their climate pledges – 120 have already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. As COP26 President, the UK campaigns on five priority areas: energy transition, transport, nature-based solutions, adaptation and resilience, and finance.

Australia is a priority country for the UK’s COP26 engagements. However, Australia poses a challenge. In the 2020 Climate Change Performance Index, it rated lowest across 57 countries. Similarly, in the 2020 UN Sustainable Development Report, Australia ranked second-worst on climate action out of 177 countries.

The British High Commission in partnership with ClimateWorks Australia set out to create and grow relationships with key players that have influence on climate action across Australia. They wanted to galvanise action from the whole economy – including all levels of government, industry, and communities.

The solution

To inspire climate action ahead of COP26 within Australia, Written & Recorded created a television-style three-part interview-based webinar series. To elevate this series from your stock-standard webinar, we drew on our expertise in production values and editorial storytelling.

We worked across multiple time zones to secure some of the world’s biggest climate change experts like UN High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping. We also ensured participation from key industry players, such as BHP’s Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change, Dr. Fiona Wild. Then we cherry-picked exceptional hosts for each online event, such as award-winning science journalist, Tanya Ha. We actively sought-out knowledgeable and charismatic hosts who could facilitate these conversations by making the complex subject-matter simple.

To meet each deadline and reach key milestones, we strategically planned ahead and analysed risks every step of the way. Each series was researched heavily and scripted with the core audience in mind which included: industry, cities, state and national governments, universities, researchers, investors, subnational governments, businesses and companies.

Debriefing after each episode, we brought the UK’s key message to life – which was to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

We briefed and coached the hosts as well as the guests ahead of each webinar. Our focus was on the editorial strength of the series. In collaboration with the ClimateWorks Australia team we also ran ‘meet-and-greet’ sessions to build rapport with panellists and to iron-out any technical concerns that ClimateWorks Australia anticipated.

Unlike standard webinars, we also live-produced each webinar. This meant we communicated with the hosts via an improvised autocue that was not visible to the audience. This meant we could be the host’s second brain, keep them running to time and provide the host with moderated audience questions. We also worked to support the technical abilities of each host, altering our approach to match their preferred line of communication. This included using Google docs, Slack, and WhatsApp.

In addition, we worked closely with the ClimateWorks Australia team to collate and curate the wording for marketing collateral across EDM’s, social media and websites.

Each webinar series ran for an hour in duration and episodes included:

Episode 1 – Clean technology: Energy and industry transitions

This webinar looked at how clean technology can boost the vitality of the economy, radically reshaping the global energy system and the need to accelerate and harness all opportunities.

Episode 2 – The Business of Net Zero

This webinar looked at where climate ambition is globally, which countries and companies are leading the way, and how others can catch up.

Episode 3 – Sustainable Finance: Pathways, policy and trends

This webinar looked at the importance of sustainable finance and pathways to a robust and competitive finance sector in Australia.

The outcome

Written & Recorded were inspired by the UK’s call to arms to work together to protect our planet and people – and to build a more resilient future for us all.

Under tight deadlines we delivered a persuasive, entertaining, and educational webinar series.

Across the three webinars we attracted over 1026 viewers, with additional catch-up viewers after the live webinars.

By creating a strong narrative arc in each series, we attracted representatives from key industries and government. Some notable names include:

  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • AESOP
  • ARENA
  • Australian Ethical Super
  • BlueScope
  • Bunnings Group
  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • Commonwealth Bank Australia
  • Deloitte
  • DELWP
  • Embassy of Belgium
  • Embassy of Italy
  • Ernst & Young
  • EY Global
  • James Cook University
  • JBWere
  • Lendlease
  • Level crossings Victoria
  • Melbourne Water
  • New Zealand Green Investment Finance
  • NZ High Commission
  • Origin Energy
  • PwC
  • Schneider Electric
  • Shell International Trading & Shipping Co.
  • Suncorp
  • The Myer Foundation
  • Transurban
  • Wesfarmers Ltd
  • Woodside Energy Limited

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What's it like to work with us?

Collette Attended Our Public Speaking Course

Serpil and James are a pleasure to deal with. They quickly grasped the finer details of our business which meant they could tailor their training to our team. We’ve now got a team of designers who are prepared for their next presentation opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with them again.

Collette
Diadem
Kulja | Public Speaking Course | Written & Recorded

Written & Recorded were invaluable to the success of our ClimateWorks/British High Commission online event series. Serpil and James‘ experience as producers shone through in all they did: their advice to us, the event scripting and guest briefs, and attentiveness to our hosts and audience. Their dedication to our series saw them work across time zones and to tight deadlines.  Thanks team. You have helped us be better at what we do, and we look forward to a chance to work with you again.

Kulja
ClimateWorks
Adele Attended Our Public Speaking Course

Serpil and James’ open and genuine approach to the Public Speaking Workshop made me feel at ease. Their considered presentation, including personal insights and anecdotes, clearly explained key points to successfully preparing and delivering a presentation (small or large). There were many easy to remember take-aways that I can readily implement into practice.

Adele
Graphic Designer
Tessa | Podcast Production Agency | WRITTEN & RECORDED

I was blown away by how great the public speaking workshop was. As someone who has a real fear of public speaking I was quietly skeptical about how much I would be able to put into practice. I can honestly say that I came away with some brilliant tools to assist my presentations.

Tessa
APR Creative
Tyson Attended Our Public Speaking Course

Serpil and James provided me with techniques to think differently about what I was saying, my approach and how to connect with my audience. The main take home was we are all story tellers – believe in what you are saying and your audience will come along with you for the ride.

Tyson
Sheean Creative
British High Commission | Public Speaking Course | WRITTEN & RECORDED

We had a very positive experience working with Serpil and James on our webinar series. They worked effectively under tight deadlines and across multiple time zones to deliver a smooth, entertaining and highly informative series. Serpil was responsive and accountable and kept us in the loop as the event progressed. She is a strategic planner and was always looking for risks and planning ahead to avoid problems. Serpil and James provided expert insight that helped our webinars stand out from others. Thanks both!

Harriet
British High Commission Canberra
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