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.
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.
After six scintillating weeks in Antarctica, and marathon flights home, via Dubai, it was so uplifting to fly from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg and see the country looking MUCH greener that she had been at my departure. Too late for crops in the main, but wonderful to know that we have had some desperately needed rain before winter sets in. The glorious Midlands is looking stunning, even more beautiful than I recall, and such a special delight to be home again. God, I love this land!
It is often said that time means little to a fence post, but a great deal to a human being, in terms of what they do with it. Being much closer to the end of this life, than to the start, is due cause for thought. This cruise is filled with older folk, who clearly have the time and resource to afford such a trip, but I am left wondering how much more it may have been enjoyed earlier in life? Achieving the balance between the accumulation of wealth and the accumulation of experience is very personal, and so different between individuals. I wonder how many get to the end of this life feeling that they had achieved the correct combination?
For bookings and enquiries, you may use the form below, or phone Rob on +27 (0)82 4000 470