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.
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.
The often used expression "mad as a March Hare" stems from the March madness exhibited by British hare males in their breeding season, whilst leaping about and kicking out wildly with their hind feet. The travels and activities of the past 10 days appear comparable, if only in their frenetic nature. Grindrod Bank in Durban graciously invited me to present Scott and Shackleton at the unveiling of their magnificent Albatross sculpture, appropriately named "Fortitude". It was a well-attended, glittering event, beautifully organised by Sarah Freestone. Bruce Clements has toiled for 8 long months on this 220kg life-size sculpture of a Wandering Albatross in flight, and the end result is simply sublime. In their inimitable style, Grindrod sourced a bottle of the replica whisky found under Shackleton's Cape Royds hut is 2007. I was allowed to open the bottle and propose a toast to Scott and Shackleton - what a privilege, never mind savouring this fantastic blend, so faithfully recreated by Whyte and Mackay - Mackinlay's new owners. The following morning, we set off to Johannesburg, where I was standing in for "Old Greybeard" himself, Kingsley Holgate, at a coal mining conference at Emperor's Palace. There were many disappointed souls, banking on getting a photo with Kingsley as he still featured on the program. Instead they were faced with a dairy farmer from the Midlands in his shorts, carrying a stick! It remains a fairly daunting prospect speaking to 800 delegates, seated at tables, making a massive audience, with your own mug being reflected on massive flatscreens around the venue. Thankfully it went well - punctuated with some ZULU, helping to break the ice.
It is hard to believe that our cricket team who succumbed so badly against India, is the same team to excel against the West Indies and Ireland. After a very busy, productive time in the greater Johannesburg area, it was wonderful to return to the cool, green, wet Midlands. Mindful, however, that many parts of our beloved land are praying for rain. I had a long conversation with my old friend, Kingsley Holgate, regarding storytelling, rhino poaching, adventuring and the wonderful idea of sharing platforms in the future. As most of us find, clashes often arise with events and adventures-even more so in Kingsley's case. An enquiry came through for a battlefields tour in August. Nobody can imagine my pleasure in writing back to say, sorry, but I shall be riding Tour de Tuli with Wilderness Safaris at that time. Over the weekend we celebrated my nephew's 21st in sublime weather, with sheep on the spit and more than a hundred guests. He has been working on super-yachts in the US and Europe, and what a delight to have him home after 15 months away unbroken. I finished my speech with Rudyard Kipling's "If" - in my opinion a fine mantra to lead one's Life by. After the business of Johannesburg, along with much travelling, it is a special privilege to spend two nights at Champagne Sports, relaxing with dear friends. After a walk at Monk's Cowl, feeling as if we could touch the high mountains, it is wondrous reflecting on life in Natal, and just how blessed we are in every regard. Thursday finds me back on the battlefields, with guests from the Midlands.
Today was the culmination of a very busy week in the greater Gauteng area. After speaking at the guide's conference at Maropeng on Friday, and the weekend on the Vaal Dam, this week was all geared towards the Unique Speaker Bureau/Meetings Africa showcase in the Sandton Convention Centre. The day began at 4am, that we could be at the venue by 5:15am - lots of magazines, banners, gifts, etc to be carried from the car park to the ballroom. Between 600 and 700 invited delegates were seated at tables facing a most impressive stage between two huge screens. I organised for Maureen Lahoud to bring her magnificent troupe of drummers and dancers into town from Hoedspruit - they left home at 3am! This wonderful group of young folk arrived on the stroke of 10am, to hastily change into their dance attire and begin performing. They sang and danced beautifully during the coffee break, before leading the delegates back into the auditorium. The dancers performed on stage whilst everyone assumed their seats, before my 5-minute talk. It was a coup! The delegates loved the dancing/singing in its own right, and the combination appears to have worked very well indeed. Strange to feel the closest I will ever be to a rock star, with a supporting band!? Some of these dancers have been chosen to go and perform in China, a special accolade. I very much hope to do more with them in the future - they are a special group who deserve to be successful, and supported. My sincere thanks to Maureen and her troupe for their incredible efforts in getting into the City of Gold for this prestigious event, and for doing themselves so very proud.
An agricultural chemical company kindly invited me to speak at their conference in the Magaliesburg yesterday. When discussing departure times from home, given a 6 hour drive lay ahead of us, and I was expected at noon, my significant other felt we should leave earlier than I suggested. A premonition she felt regarding delays on the road. Between Roadside and Villiers there was a serious accident on the N3, blocking both lanes. When I checked in on Twitter the N3 site stated that a 4 hour delay was expected, and that another accident had occurred behind us on van Reenen. The premonition pertained to van Reenen! We turned around, backtracked 20 km, and proceeded eastwards on gravel roads through farms, hoping to gain the R103. A kind farmer indicated we were on the right track-the roads rough and very wet after good rains. With around 20 vehicles following us we must have posed an unlikely convoy traversing beautiful South African farmland, in search of an open road to the City of Gold. We got to the R103 mercifully, and headed north at pace. I made the talk venue with enough time to spare for coffee and a sandwich, fortunately, and thoroughly enjoyed my time surrounded by agriculturally minded folk.
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