Invited to speak at the Royal Geographical Society on two occasions, Rob is one of the finest story-tellers in the world.
Rob began his own business as a Professional Speaker and Specialist Tour Guide in 2011, after working with the late David Rattray on the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, where Rob honed his unique talent for story-telling. Rob’s ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life ensured that he rapidly began to establish himself as a world-class orator.
Rob believes there are powerful lessons to be learnt from the remarkable stories of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, which resonate especially with audiences today. Always confident with people, Rob thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.
Since 2004, Rob has presented extensively in the UK and South Africa to both corporate and private clients. His achievements were recognised with the honour of being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London to full houses in September 2010. In September 2012, Rob was invited to showcase his talk 'Going South with Scott & Shackleton', fulfilling his lifelong passion for Antarctica.
Rob now regularly presents on Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton, along with a keynote presentation titled ‘Endurance: Shackleton’s way’. This talk highlights Shackleton’s unique leadership, choice of personnel and always believing in a positive outcome.
Rob prides himself in unique storytelling and does not rely on electronic or visual aids – ‘when the lights trip, Rob does not’!
From the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal to the broken boards of Maritzburg College and the Antarctic, Rob is at home (in shorts) in the wildest of environments.
Rob's new DVD: "A Day on the Battlefields" is now available! Please use the contact form to order your copy. R200 plus p&p.
Rob Caskie is an experience and his passion and knowledge is mind-boggling.
Your ability to tell a story with no IT assistance is quite unique in this day and age
Rob offers private talks, public talks and battlefield tours (shorts included).
Keynote presentations providing wonderful entertainment, whilst highlighting invaluable lessons from Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift or Shackleton's Endurance Expedition. Enthralling lessons from yesteryear told as an unforgettable story.
Issues of leadership, choice of personnel, communication, disengagement, use of resource, amongst others in history are shared by way of stories, intending to assist businesses with these factors today. Effective speaking and presentation skills workshops also offered.
Rob offers personalised tours to Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Spioenkop, Colenso and Sani Pass, amongst others. A wonderful extension of what is offered in the boardroom and truly memorable. Rob regularly assists visitors planning KwaZulu Natal itineraries.
Schools and charities regularly employ Rob's unique story-telling for fundraising events, or simply to share an historic tale with the scholars. Many UK events fall into this category.
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Stories and experiences.
The Unique Speaker Bureau Showcase held at the Sandton Convention Centre was a spectacular event. Forty five speakers, including some from the UK & USA, showcased their talents for 5 minutes to around 450 delegates involved in the hiring of professional speakers. Sadly torrential rain the previous night caused traffic delays, along with flooded basement parking, and the event started later than anticipated. The sound, the lighting and the choreography was brilliant, and the entire event, along with lunch, was a world-class affair.
Our trip to Bambatha's Ambush Rock, and eventually to the Mome Gorge and King Cetshwayo's grave was wonderful, albeit particularly hot. Stella Cockburn from Hermannsburg School shared the legends of Ntunjambili (Two Holes) with us at The Kop, with stupendous views down into the Tugela Valley on 3 sides. The new "Zuma Highway" between Nkandla and Kranskop has surely transformed the lives of many Zulu people in those parts. The Magwaza Potters are turning out fantastic clay pottery, and are worthy of greater support.
In wonderful cool conditions on Sunday, I rode the Jowetts/Subaru 45 km mountain bike race out of Cedara. Earlier rain left the tracks free of dust, and what a treat the event was. Well-organised, and hundreds of people. Watching kids riding around on bicycles, and everyone having a really good time was a special treat. Well done to the organisers and all who participated. This area remains a Mecca for mountain-bikers with our seemingly endless single tracks, and vast plantations around Hilton, Howick, Karkloof and Mount Wes
Perhaps an auspicious start to the year - the 135th anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift falls on a Wednesday, the very day of these famous battles. Although very disappointed not to be in Antarctica this season, the weather down there was bitterly cold. A stark reminder of Scott's fateful return from the Pole in 1912. With Prudential's Scott vs Amundsen Consistency advert on TV, I am going to be doing talks on why I believe Amundsen won the race. Along with the amazing comparisons between Scott and Shackleton, there are many riveting, contemporary stories and lessons to share with audiences today.
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