Invited to speak at the Royal Geographical Society on two occasions and in Hong Kong, 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. R250 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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The ruins of St Paul's is considered to be the cultural centre of the ancient city of Macau. Standing below these ancient ramparts certainly arouses curiosity in terms of Macau's tumultuous past, and very recent return to China (1999).
Macau is the gambling capital of Asia, and the gambling revenue is seven times that of Las Vegas (official figures). Inside there are even canals with battery-powered gondolas, as in Venice, with operators serenading their passengers with opera.
For those who were kind enough to read my piece on the Inuit kayaker, I was today fortunate enough to secure video footage of him executing his incredible skills. This morning we found ourselves in the town of Qaqortok (pronounced KWA kor tok), in southern Greenland. A beautiful, spotless bustling place, with typical painted homes on steep slopes running down to the sea. Clearly a rather casual place as the Captain had to sound the horn early to get our berth cleared - this ship's horn is bloody loud! In the town is a little museum, with all manner of exhibits, including the making of kayaks, various kayak styles, and the weapons used for hunting purposes. The precision in terms of sizing, timber frame (or whale bone) and then the stitching by hand of the kayak skin and the Inuit outfit is simply astounding. A seal stomach is used as the float to ensure a harpooned animal does not sink. There are no roads leading out of Qaqortok, yet there are plenty of vehicles and taxis about - clearly a status symbol, and function of bitter winters. The church is most noteworthy. Initially made in Norway, as a prefabricated building, it was re-assembled in Copenhagen and shipped here in the late 1820's. Icebergs prevented the ship coming into Qaqortok, so diverted to Nuuk, up the coast. The ice however damaged the ship, sinking her. Local Inuit people rescued all the timbers for the church in their kayaks, and brought them to this site to be erected as the church we find today. In the church is a single life ring, off a Danish vessel which sank on her maiden voyage, leaving no survivors bar the life ring.
Today was one of the highlights on this Arctic cruise. For me, the fact that Sisimiut is also known as Holsteinsbog augered well, since I love Holstein cattle, although my early expectations were not too high. The town itself is known as Legoland on account of all the brightly coloured houses, perched as they are on rocky, steep slopes running down to the sea. When we got off the ship at 8am, I took a photo of the vessel and noticed where she was sitting in the water. Two hours later, I noticed that the Bremen was a METER higher out of the water - so much so that the gangplank had to be moved from Deck 5 to Deck 4. This is purely a function of the weight of rubbish, recycling and sewage that is disgorged at a port! It is staggering. On a balmy, calm morning (7 degrees) we took a walk along Tele Island, looking at early Thule homesteads, remnants of the whaling industry, and some graves. In days gone by, the Thule simply placed their dead in a seated position, looking out to sea, and covered them with stones. In the graves we passed the skeletons are still clearly visible within the stone piles, and remain undisturbed after all this time. The homes comprised sod and rock walls, with Walrus skin rooves. The roofs are removed in Spring as they move off with the prey species, and the skins are then used for tents. In the interim the rains clean out the "hut" structure, ready for the next Winter season. Of course, the vegetation and growth around the dwellings is fantastic on account of all the animal and human detritus. The coastal plain of Greenland is also far gentler in terms of winter climate, than the ice laden interior.
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