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.
Last week I was fortunate enough to share in a wilderness trail led by Simon Blackburn from Three Tree Hill Lodge. With 6 friends, we parked the vehicles, put on our backpacks and set off into the bush. Assisting Simon, was Artist, a wonderful Pondo/Zulu guide, who Simon selected for the Wilderness Leadership School (WLS) training some years back. Observing and partaking of these guides' bush knowledge was wonderful, from the methane produced by harvester ants to the courting behaviour of elephants.
May is a wonderful month, filled with birthdays, Autumnal colours, shortened days and lower temperatures. After our fishing debacle last month, we are hoping for better success this week. Johannesburg was productive last week. I so enjoyed reconnecting with clients and friends. Meetings have yielded more talks this year, for which we are very grateful. Highlight of the week for Karen was confirmation of a cruise with Crystal Serenity from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in 2017. A previous cruise from Mauritius to Cape Town rates as Karen's favourite holiday, and I am delighted that she will see some of the places I speak of so fondly from the Antarctic trips. Special thanks to Scott Douglas for this incredible invitation.
Driving around this glorious province of ours at this time of year is such a pleasure, as the trees assume their Autumn colours. The early mornings and evenings are becoming nippy, but a treat for cycling or walking. Last week I was fortunate enough to go fishing up near Underberg, in sublime conditions. I love the Long-crested Snake Eagles, who seem to cope admirably with changing habitat, and saw six between Howick and the dam.
Life since I returned from Antarctica has been wonderfully busy and rewarding. Despite the drought over much of the country, the leaves are beginning to assume their Autumnal hues, and the Liquid Ambers in Howick are always stunning. Last week I had a tour arranged by London's East India Club. Largely Irish, they were up for anything, always ready for a laugh and delightful guests in every regard.
For bookings and enquiries, you may use the form below, or phone Rob on +27 (0)82 4000 470