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.
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.
My first trip to Antarctica was as a guest of Patrick Woodhead and White Desert out of Cape Town. In pouring rain, we flew in a Russian Ilyushin jet to Novo Russian base, on 14 December 2011 - a most auspicious day, being the centenary of Roald Amundsen reaching the South Pole, 34 days ahead of Robert Scott. I gave talks to Patrick's guests regarding the race to the Pole, and what a special privilege it was. I believe it was Frank Wild, Polar explorer extraordinaire, who said the little white voices keep calling one back.
After such incredibly mild, pleasant weather yesterday, dawn this morning heralded heavy snowfall and sea-ice forming on the surface. Very cold water is required for the formation of sea-ice, and witnessing the surface of the ocean freezing was wondrous. With all decks covered in snow, moving about outside required some caution. Having travelled around the Melchior Archipelago in search of whales, some were eventually spotted right where our search began three hours earlier! Watching Humpback Whales in falling snow, moving about in fresh sea-ice was wonderful.
A guest once recommended I read the book "Unbroken" in order to consider speaking about this extraordinary human story of survival. The book surrounds an Olympic tennis player who becomes a prisoner of war when Hong Kong is captured by the Japanese. I watched the movie last night, which incidentally is very different to the book, and despite my interest in human behaviour in extremis, this is not a story I wish to pursue in any way. This sombre film was a somehow fitting end to a day of rough seas and poor weather preventing our even attempting a late afternoon landing on the Peninsula last evening.
Reflecting upon last evening's Gala Dinner, I am interested in the number of women sporting tattoos. These are far more apparent in their evening dresses, and led to some interesting discussions around the breakfast table. Using the analogy of bumper stickers on a sports car, clearly each tattoo is carefully chosen and often of particular significance to the carrier. With most being situated on the back, they are clearly intended for the benefit of the viewer, unless one spends a great deal of time in front of a mirror?
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