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. R250 plus p&p.
Your ability to tell a story with no IT assistance is quite unique in this day and age
Rob Caskie is an experience and his passion and knowledge is mind-boggling.
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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After an incredible week in the bush, speaking to The Young Presidents Organisation, I was fortunate enough to present two talks in Johannesburg raising money for the Genesis Research Trust. Genesis does incredible work in the areas of women's and babies health. Both events were held at St. Peter's School. Colleen Hayward-Butt and her team pulled off wonderful events with great food, drinks and atmosphere. In-between I spent some time with 93.8 Mix it FM producing some stories for air. A family get together at Mbona estate was a fitting reminder as to why I love the Midlands so much. The high elevation and hilly country required much exertion on a 50km cycle to Rietvlei and.back.
Meeting up with the dance troupe only 3 hours before our first "show" created huge pressure on us to choreograph what we were going to do, especially as the program director had stressed that we were attempting to do what Richard Loring took months to perfect. In fairness our humble offering was NOT going to be a Richard Loring masterpiece! The Vervet Monkeys found the drumming and singing entrancing, and took up spots on the boma palisade for ringside seats and watched all afternoon. One unfamiliar with the Sabi-Sands and neighboring reserves can be forgiven in not appreciating just how vast this area is. Little wonder the Kruger and reserves are so difficult to monitor from a poaching perspective. I have been transferred between function venues, along some very corrugated roads, and in some instances the drive has taken two hours.
After Thursday's problems with the bomb scare at Alexander Forbes, and subsequent abandoning of my talk next door, it was with some relief that I boarded the plane for Nelspruit. The thatched KMIA building really evokes "Africa" in the minds of the incoming visitors, although I fear most are unaware of just how far they are from the bush itself. Development between Nelspruit and Hazyview, and onwards towards the Kruger Gate beggars belief. The roads are battling to cope, many potholes and unmarked exits posing a danger to motorists. The pressures on Kruger's western boundary are enormous, and quite how all these people earn a living is a mystery.
With great excitement today, I got up early, to catch flight to Johannesburg for a lunchtime talk, before flying onwards for 5 days in the Lowveld. Having had to ask the organizers of the Lowveld events to change my flights to accommodate the late invitation to speak in Jhb at lunchtime, try to picture the scene: Having checked my bag through to Nelspruit, I caught Gautrain to Sandton and emerged to find what I assumed was a taxi strike in Rivonia Road. Lots of Police, ambulances and civilians standing behind accident tape, in the road! Having crossed the road, I start ascending the steps to the magnificent EY building, only to find hundreds of people streaming OUT of the building and down the steps. I immediately called my client, about 11.15am, to be told there is a bomb scare in Alexander Forbes building next door, and all the buildings are being evacuated. About 2000 people representing cosmopolitan Gauteng society gathered in the road, waiting further instructions.
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