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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Mauritius is certainly taking Ebola seriously, and we were carefully scrutinised at the airport with officials searching our passports for any recent visits to West Africa. Rightly so. The 4 other artists and I had some anxious moments when our return tickets were asked for. Having none, since we are travelling back home by ship, we were then asked for the local agent's letters verifying our visit to Mauritius and duties on board. We don't have one, and were asked to stand aside whilst phone calls were made, and our status ratified. By the time we got to the carousel our bags looked very lonely, the airport building deserted, and our transfer driver wondering whether we would ever appear. The sunset was glorious, and thoroughly enjoyed during the 50-minute trip to the hotel in Port Louis. The Rotterdam, belonging to Holland America Lines is stunning. Considered a mid-size ship, she is equipped to transport 1400 passengers in great luxury. Full of art and sculptures worth more than $2 million, and an exquisite central Atrium area, this vessel epitomises modern ship design (built in 1997). The main dining area is "double volume" spanning two decks, as is the principal lecture theatre. All state of the art equipment, wonderful sound and seating. From a speaker's perspective it is wonderful to speak to a full theatre, seated cinema style on two tiered floors. Cruising easily at 17 knots seems the norm for modern luxury ships. How Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton would have loved a 17 knot speed of advance....
The past month has been particularly busy, and rewarding. Seventeen lectures all over the UK found me flying to Edinburgh to speak at Fettes and Stewarts Melville Colleges, then taking a fast train from Lincoln to London to speak over dinner at The Carlton Club. Autumnal England is gorgeous, and we were blessed with wonderful weather. We particularly enjoy taking a hire car and finding the more scenic "back routes" between lectures when time permits us to do so. Generally we find the food in the UK to be poor and very expensive. We did enjoy fantastic meals in private homes and at some functions. The stand out meal was at Tiger Inn in Coneythorpe, north of Knaresborough. Fantastic service, value and fare. Chatting to Ranulf Fiennes at the Cheltenham Literary Festival was special. He was speaking about his family involvement in Agincourt, in his typical dry, understated, riveting manner. Ranulf had brought a 4-foot long sword along for demonstration purposes, but chose to leave it in the car on account of Police and security issues. I received many strange, at times unfriendly stares, walking around with my stick, especially on public transport.
Speaking at Denham Golf Club was interesting, as they are raising money for "Save the Heads" campaign. The clubhouse contains 46 trophy heads taken by a certain Mr Charles and donated to the Club. Over time the heads have fallen into disrepair, hence the drive to save the heads - considered very politically incorrect nowadays. Believed to be the best winter course in England, and serving fine food, a good evening was enjoyed by all. We drove northwards to Lincoln, to stay with dear friends who own a magnificent home right next to the Cathedral. I took the train to London, for a talk hosted at the Carlton Club. With arrangements made for me to arrive and present in what they referred to as safari gear, I was denied entry at the door, by a distinctly unBritish doorman. When the fuss settled, and I was whisked away to the Churchill Room, insult was added to injury by being escorted via a back passage to the WC before my talk began. Bastion of the Conservative Party it may well be, welcoming it was NOT.
The British obsession with the weather has always fascinated us. Being fair, we have always experienced very good weather over here, and try to not let the rain and great skies affect us overly. This trip has been particularly good weather-wise, and England on a sunny Autumnal day is a very hard place to beat. Even my trip to Edinburgh this week was blessed with warm, dry weather, despite many glances at my shorts and open neck shirt. Being back at the Cheltenham Literary Festival was a privilege, and included listening to the great Ran Fiennes chatting about his family's involvement with Agincourt. A wonderful crowd turned out in the Spiegeltent to hear South with Scott and Shackleton, and I am humbled to be invited back, never having written a book. Steppes Travel, who have always been very good to me, hosted a luncheon with me speaking to guests, and another function at Beaudesert School, where a large crowd turned out to hear about Rorke's Drift. Highlight of the evening was a young girl who noticed, and loved, my watch! Kids don't miss much.
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