Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool, today — and it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Life happens in the narratives we tell one another. A story can go where quantitative analysis is denied admission: our hearts. Data can persuade people, but it doesn’t inspire them to act; to do that, you need to wrap your vision in a story that fires the imagination and stirs the soul.
When you want to motivate, persuade, or be remembered, start with a story of human struggle and eventual triumph. It will capture people’s hearts – by first attracting their brains.
Since 2004, I have presented extensively in the United Kingdom and South Africa to both corporate and private clients. My achievements were recognised with the honour of being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London to full houses.
I believe there are powerful lessons to be learnt from the remarkable stories of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, which resonate especially with audiences today. I also regularly present 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.
Always confident with people, I thrive 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.
I pride myself in unique storytelling and do 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 newly published book "A Day on the Anglo Zulu Battlefields" and upgraded DVD are now available. Please use the contact form to order.
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.
Recent rains have been most welcome, although dam and river levels remain pitifully low. There is much speculation about the weather patterns ahead, so let's hope the vegetation is given opportunity to re-establish itself before any storms arise and cause massive erosion? "Weather wise, a fool otherwise" - I hope flood predictions prove unfounded. The present state of the government would indicate that water security, sanitation, sewage treatment, etc are low down on the list of priorities, sadly.
The past three weeks have been eventful, since returning from Zimbabwe. Local municipal elections providing much interest, a fluctuating Rand and unusual snowfalls and rain mid-winter. FreeMe, a local wildlife rehabilitation centre, invited me to speak at a fund-raising dinner hosted at Fernhill Hotel. After initially slow ticket sales, they managed to squeeze 156 guests into the conference centre for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Some guests had travelled from as far afield as Estcourt, and I hope the new look FreeMe will benefit from the event. The local audience were enthralled by Scott and Shackleton's travails in Antarctica.
At University, an Economics Professor once famously said, "If you throw enough mud against the wall some of it will stick!" I recall being very put out. Imagine my surprise when the very same professor turns up at my Midlands Forum talk, and I recognised him immediately. On the eve of local municipal elections, and all the mud being flung about, I am wondering how much of it will stick, and where the hitherto "undecided" will cast their votes. Rather like Brexit, this is not like buying a house or a car - the implications are significant.
It has been incredibly interesting being in the UK during one of its most interesting weeks in history. On the day the referendum results were announced, I took a long, scenic drive through central Wales and Snowdonia listening to various radio stations. It felt as if the entire country was in shock - even those who voted OUT.
For bookings and enquiries, you may use the form below, or phone Rob on +27 (0)82 4000 470