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Rob Caskie


Story Teller  • Keynote Speaker  • Cultural Guide

“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’!”

– Rob Caskie

Services Offered


Corporate talks, public talks and battlefield tours (shorts and stick included).

Corporate Talks

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.

Business Motivation

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.

Bespoke Tours

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.

Talks


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 does not 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.

MEDLEY OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

A romp through the last 200 years

ISANDLWANA

The Battle of Isandlwana, 22nd January 1879. British defeat or Zulu victory?

RORKE’S DRIFT

The battle of Rorke’s Drift, 22nd /23rd January 1879. An account of this epic defence against impossible odds

THE RACE TO THE POLE

Viking versus Brit revisited

GOING SOUTH WITH SCOTT & SHACKLETON

Portrayal of 2 Polar greats

ENDURANCE : SHACKLETON’S WAY

Greatest leadership and survival story of all time

THE ALLURE OF THE ARCTIC NORTH

Tragedy of Naval hero Franklin and contrasting claims

THE SUDAN CAMPAIGN 1880 ~ 1898

Islam versus Christianity

Order Rob’s Books and DVD’s


Often asked whether I have my stories recorded in written form, I began by creating DVDs of the Zulu War stories recorded on the battlefields, which have been converted into a book.
Very recently I recorded the stories of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton onto DVD format. It would appear they are popular with young and old alike, and make wonderful gifts.

A DAY ON THE ANGLO ZULU BATTLEFIELDS

Purchase Price:
DVD – R 250 or £17* (exclusive of postage & packaging)
Book – R 200 or £15* (exclusive of postage & packaging)

Email: rob@robcaskie.com
*Price subject to change based on exchange rate

ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION

Purchase Price:
DVD – R 250 or £17* (exclusive of postage & packaging)

Email: rob@robcaskie.com
*Price subject to change based on exchange rate

Clients and Testimonials


As a master storyteller I share human stories which engage audiences and challenge the way they interact, work and lead their lives. My stories are essentially about human beings in extremis, and their behaviour when ‘the chips are down’. Like tea bags, human beings only reveal their true strength in hot water. Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit create fantastic canvasses by which modern situations may be measured.

Just a quick email to say how impressed I was by your presentation at our annual conference.  After a very long a tiring day, you took me to a far off land and articulated with such enthusiasm and knowledge, an iconic story of bravery and heroism yet I found it entirely relevant of today. We can all learn from underestimating our competitors, making poor decisions, being bold, showing respect, amongst many other things.

James Simpson

Partner, Knight Frank

A world renowned Anglo-Zulu War raconteur – recognised by the Royal Geographic Society in London – and in my opinion the foremost orator in South Africa, the indomitable Rob Caskie always has a way of leaving his audience utterly spell bound and fully immersed in a world so unlike the one we inhabit today.

Sarah Phitides

Sales & Marketing Manager, BelAfrique

Guest Speaker Rob Caskie was superb. His Story telling was amazing. Excellent! A novel approach with a great story.
Rob was very effective, relevant, one of your best
Thank you again Rob and we hope to stay in touch.

The Barloworld Logistics team

Barloworld Logistics

Rob is a fantastic speaker and motivator, I thoroughly recommend him to any organisation as either a fund raising event or a motivational talk that no employee will ever forget. Give Rob a sturdy stage and he will do the rest

Mark Jones

Senior Relationship Manager, Healthcare at NatWest

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