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.
Monday, 18th May
The Battle of Rorke's Drift
Morden College, London
Tickets: Bill Heelan, 02080 463 08340
Tuesday, 19th May
The Battle of Rorke's Drift
East India Club, London
Tickets: Alex Bray
Friday, 22nd May
The Battle of Rorke's Drift
Cumnor House School, Danehill, Haywards Heath
Tickets: Matt Mockridge
Saturday, 30th May
The Battle of Rorke's Drift
Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre
Tickets: Tony Glyn-Jones
Monday, 1st June
The Allure of the North
New Club, Edinburgh
Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 226 4881
Tuesday, 2nd June
The Race to the Pole
The Boathouse, Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk
Tickets: Smokesilver Travel, 07977 241 365
Wednesday, 3rd June
Going South with Scott & Shackleton
Epperstone Village Hall, Nottingham NG14 6AY
Tickets: Helen Nall, 0115096603634
A wonderful weekend was spent in Pringle Bay with some of the family. Incredible, windless weather, long walks along the beach, and a braai on the deck of the beach house all made for a special time together. No sign of the troublesome baboons, thankfully. A long ride on a small, borrowed mountain bike resulted in such a painful back, that I have required two sessions with a physiotherapist to get me mobile again. A real pain, literally! The Stormers looked a bit like a rabbit in the headlights on Saturday against the Brumbies at Newlands -what a disappointment. Meeting artist, Juria le Roux, at Langverwacht in Kuilsriver, was surreal in many ways. Having lost an aunt to a senseless murder, Juria decided to paint 50 murdered South Africans. The paintings, larger than life-size portraits, would be displayed at eye-level. Amongst the faces painted was David Rattray https://www.facebook.com/juria.leroux/media_set?set=a.811378722256210.100001522688156&type=3 Being back in the Mother City is always such a delight. David van Niekerk, owner of High Constantia wines, surprised me at a meeting in Newlands. Larger than Life in almost every way, David and Karen are a special part of South African wine-making. I was then taken to meet a hairdresser, who is a great fan of Shackleton's, and unbeknown to me collector of watches. This incredible vocation creates unique opportunities in terms of human interaction and meetings, which I love.
After an awesome tour to the UK, probably our best yet, we hit the ground running. The quality of the driving from the transfer driver we engaged to get us home from the airport in Ballito certainly cleared the arteries! An air rally called the Jabby Jaunt invited me to come and tell them a little about the battlefields. Pilots from all over South Africa, and two from Botswana, descended on Dundee with 15 Jabiru aircraft. I spent the morning sharing some local history, before taking off after lunch to see the sites from the air. Shortly after take-off the tablet battery belonging to my pilot went flat, and the pressure was acute, flying visually to the Blood River, knowing we had 14 planes in close formation hot on our tail! All's well that ends well, and we visited the site where the Prince Imperial died, Isandlwana, Fugitives' Drift and Rorke's Drift. Flying overhead at 80 knots does not leave much time for commentary. The following day I travelled to Jhb to present some leadership lessons from Isandlwana to a local bank's leadership group. Upon arrival at the security gate, the guard promptly told me I had better be good, they were all very tired! A somewhat ominous greeting, and indeed 6.30pm after a hard day of conferencing and presentations is not the easiest slot to engage an audience. They seemed to buck up considerably when I spoke about the use of narcotics, and the culture in Zululand before being allowed the privilege of women. The 90 minute session sped by with nobody falling asleep, which I considered a great success. Nedbank graciously invited me to a wonderful function in Hilton, with dinner and local singer/artist, Cat Simoni, entertaining. The comedy and singing was of the highest order, along with Nedbank's hosting. Being formal I dared to wear my kilt with a jacket, and had a great evening.
We cannot recall feeling so buoyant and well on a lecture tour previously -perhaps a combination of geography and sensible time table. After a wonderful evening back at Cumnor House School, and looking over a potential venue for a future talk, we drove across to Cuckmere Haven, to view the whites cliffs of Dover. The cliffs and shingle beaches are beautiful, enjoyed by a multitude of cyclists, walkers and picnickers. We were delighted to finally visit this well-known English feature. The grandson of Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, DCM, Douglas Bourne is very well, and lives in Bristol. Douglas was a teenager when his famous grandfather died on 8 May 1945 - VE Day, aged 92. Frank Bourne was pivotal in the successful defence of Rorke's Drift, and his grandson remembers him well. I try to visit Douglas on every trip to England, so we made the trip across to Bristol to see the Bourne's. As always, a special treat to see these extraordinary people who have come to mean so much to us. Douglas kindly wrote the forward to my book, and I am very grateful for his support and friendship. The retired professionals at Morden College welcomed us back to hear Rorke's Drift, before going down to Cobham to talk about the Sudan to a group of South Africans. Wonderfully hosted in a beautiful home, the banter and evening was sublime. Being near Oxshott reminded me of my time in the Sudan with English clients from there. Wonder how Murray is going to do in the French Open?
The past 10 days has been exciting and fulfilling in equal measure. Staying with an old school friend of my mother's in Surrey provided opportunity to see Pirates of Penzance, performed by an enthusiastic, all-male cast, walk through Bluebells in the woods, and watch Mandarin Wood Ducks on local waters. These beautiful waterfowl are not found in the UK, but clearly the result of escapees. Their numbers have increased exponentially - I saw many on the Serpentine in Hyde Park yesterday. May month in an English garden is truly memorable, with flowers blooming in profusion, and all the trees coming into full leaf. A local tour operator invited me to speak on early Antarctic exploration at Kettner's in Soho. We hope their special clients choose a trip to Antarctica. Legend has it that a secret underground passage provided access to theatres in the West End, for various dalliances. This magnificent London institution provides its patrons with superb food and service, in cool, airy surroundings - a special treat in London. I was fortunate enough to speak at a private residence on Pelham Crescent, South Kensington. Exquisite residences fronted by a beautiful park. Getting the dog back home proved challenging after he found the local fox den in the undergrowth. Feral foxes in London somehow survive this urban jungle very well. Shepherd-Neame Brewery in Faversham Kent, the oldest brewery in England, invited me to speak on Scott and Shackleton at their event. I learnt more about beer in one night, than I imagined possible. Every course was paired with a beer, much like wine-pairing, with a brewer describing the beer and the connection. With lots of ex-rugby players, golf club managers, and publicans present, it was a great evening accentuated by fine beers. They have brewed beer on that site every day since 1573 - an achievement I believe they should be justifiably proud of. We discussed the quality of the water delivered by their artesian well, in the middle of the brewery. There is no doubt that the quality of the beer is directly dependent on the quality of the water, like Coca-Cola created with water from Mzima Springs.
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