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 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.
I had an exciting day fishing for trout near Underberg on Wednesday, where we caught 8 good trout, despite hot weather and warm water. Amidst fears that the warm water would render fish too weak to be released, we found the trout swam away strongly upon release. Driving through the Umkomaas Valley is always a pleasure, especially when one's vehicle is running well -my cambelt snapped in the valley whilst at University. My brother-in-law to be towed me back to Pietermaritzburg, for repairs I could ill afford. The indigenous bush and classic, rolling Natal hills hold much appeal. I was asked to share some stories at Duma Manzi in the Umkomaas Valley over the weekend, downriver of Lundy's Hill, not far out of Richmond. Duma Manzi is situated on the farm where Cecil John Rhodes and his brother settled in 1870, and a spot blessed with indescribable beauty. A tortuous 4x4 track winds down the side of the escarpment, through natural bush. Donald even has a few disease-free Buffalo roaming amongst the fat Zebra, Wildebeest and other plains game.
After having been extremely fortunate in our Sani Pass trip, and having breathtaking views THE day before the serious storm which has damaged the Pass, our good fortune continues. Simon Blackburn took us walking on Spioenkop Game Reserve - walking amongst White Rhino, Eland, Giraffe, Zebra and the like is a special experience. Many of the Rhino have young, and the thought that poachers are destroying these benign creatures by the thousand beggars belief. After two days of cloudy afternoons, yesterday was clear so we shot off to Cathedral Peak Hotel. One's soul swims as you get closer to our beautiful Drakensberg. Kids were swimming in the rivers we crossed, farmers were ploughing their fields, and one was struck by the peacefulness of the scene. The mountains appeared close enough to touch, looking like so many satin folds; the sunlight applying its magic to a constantly changing panorama. For my guests who love mountains, Sani Pass, the Loteni road to Nottingham Road, and Cathedral yesterday will long remain etched in their minds. For a local, it is wonderful being reminded of just what a magnificent land we frequent. Natal certainly is a beautiful place, and appropriately named to commemorate the birth of Christ. Wondering how many of you know that?
After a simply sublime month on the ice of Antarctica, I returned to my beloved SA. Sadly, my luggage was delayed in Johannesburg, so I flew on to Cape Town sans luggage. After the cool of the south, 39 degree heat was quite an adjustment, but what a delight to have Karen meet me at the airport, for two nights in the Mother City. We then drove to our friends, the Wenham's, outside Middelburg. Their new farm, situated on the Skietnek Road, is beautiful, and typical of the Karoo, they are praying for rain. The massive colonial verandah with screened floor and Nguni rugs a fine reminder of why we choose to make SA home. The braai reaffirmed this, before tackling the drive to Champagne Sports Resort for a Unique Speaker Bureau Conference. The conference was most productive, with many new speakers joining the ranks, and a complete dress rehearsal for the February Showcase in Johannesburg. Trying to sell yourself and your product in 5 minutes is never easy, but enough time for the industry to ascertain whether they want to hire you in the future. With 1000 delegates and conference organizers attending, those 5 minutes are vitally important.
There was a general lethargy on board as guests were slow to rise, contemplating packing, editing photographs and onward flights from Ushuaia. I provided the first lecture of the day “South with Scott”. At a time where guests are perhaps feeling emotional and mindful of the unique voyage coming to an end, Scott’s story really focuses the mind. I explained in detail the difficulties Scott’s men faced in 1911/12, and the incredible saga of the 5-man Polar party, who reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912. Not one made it back to Ross Island alive - the last 3 perishing only 11 miles from One Ton depot. I read Scott’s poignant Message to the Public in closing, to a stunned, silent audience - a truly beautiful piece of writing. We then met with Cruise Director Jannie Cloete regarding details that our epic cruise was nearing completion. He gave the disembarkation briefing about the procedure for safely getting us and our luggage off the ship and onto the plane in Ushuaia. Jannie shared some priceless tales of past guests who left false teeth in the safe, asked which country the Chilean base belonged to, and whether the Captain always sailed around this island. On a Zodiac tour, one guests asked how high they were above sea level. Perhaps a shove may have answered their question unequivocally. After lunch, many of us began the task of packing - or put it off a little longer with a nap instead. Before meeting the Pilot at 4:30, Captain slowed the vessel for us to enjoy viewing 10 or 15 Sei Whales near the Beagle Channel narrows. Slightly smaller than the Fin Whale, these beautiful creatures came close to the ship - a wonderful close to a calm Drake crossing. Following a special teatime featuring crepes prepared by our culinary team, we joined Jannie, Expedition Leader Marco Favero and the rest of the Expedition Team for an overview of our trip. We participated in a raffle to benefit both the ‘Le Boreal’ Crew Welfare Fund (3310 Euros) and the Save the Albatross Fund (1900 Euros). Guests who purchased tickets stood the chance of winning a sea chart marked with our route and signed by the senior officers on board, as well as an original drawing by Ornithologist Patricia Silva. The excitement was catchy as the winning names were announced. Raymond Chang and the Kennedy family winning the raffle.
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