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South Africa

City

Howick

State | County | Province

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Speaker Bio

Rob Caskie shares his Stories of human trials and triumphs never go out of vogue, and mesmerising storyteller extraordinaire, with his walking stick and trademark shorts, brings them alive like no other.

Often in the settings where such stories unfolded, in South Africa and abroad. In a world of instant gratification, the art of a powerfully told story belongs to few and relies on he who stirs the imagination.

Most interested in how people behave when challenged and under pressure, he believes we only reveal our true strength in adversity – and he shows audiences how they can draw on this to thrive in uncertain times.

Rob’s new keynote, ‘Engaging Intuition’, takes the familiar concept of ‘Ubuntu’, or interconnectedness, and repurposes it for today’s audiences. While times may have changed, the virtues of goodness, positivity, intuition and sharing are perhaps more important than ever in South Africa – and Rob brings a message of hope into boardrooms and conference venues.

These lessons focus primarily on leadership, choice, victory and defeat.

Using his skills as a tour guide, Rob brings immediacy and passion to his keynotes, knowing just which messages to deliver to inspire, to create change or to entertain.

Importantly, Rob Caskie can modify content in such a way that it speaks to an event’s theme or a client’s objective – whatever the occasion, he delivers an important message in an accessible, engaging fashion.

Who would ever have imagined that sharing experiences about solo motorcycle journeys at university would lead to a career in storytelling?

I began sharing stories professionally in 2000, honing a unique talent for storytelling on the Anglo Zulu War battlefields. Bringing the drama of battlefields to life led to international speaking engagements.

My subject matter has expanded considerably, always essentially human stories.

There is a powerful thread of intuition and interconnectedness, directed at the better angels in our natures, which resonates so powerfully with audiences today. Rob Caskie now has regular engagements at conferences / dinners and work as a specialist lecturer on Antarctic expedition ships. All of which make for a wonderfully fulfilling vocation, entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imaginations.

With stick and trademark shorts, I pride myself in positive, unique storytelling and do not rely on electronic or visual aids – “when the lights trip, Rob does not”!

As a storyteller, I share human stories and behavior, particularly in the most challenging circumstances.

Lessons in intuition, interconnectedness and human endeavor will positively challenge the way you interact, work and lead your life. In this age of entertainment overload, when last were you offered the opportunity of being entertained in the theatre of your imagination via the powers of great stories well told?

Storytelling emerges from the interaction and co-operative, coordinated efforts between myself and an audience – what a privileged vocation.

ENGAGING INTUITION

Using human stories and challenging circumstances, this talk will shift your views on intuition, and ultimately on interconnectedness.

To quote Rudyard Kipling :

  • ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you
  • If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too’
  • Yes, engaging our intuition can make a special and positive difference in our daily lives, work and relationships.

DESCRIPTIONS OF STORIES

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.

ENGAGING INTUITION

The important role intuition plays in our daily lives

Their response to tragedy will make you weep. The Mendi is one of many extraordinary stories used in this engaging presentation.

MEDLEY OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY

A romp through the last 200 years

This young country has a fascinating and complex history.

ISANDLWANA

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

Scarcely 10 days after the invasion of Zululand began, disaster struck at Isandlwana.

Whilst Lord Chelmsford was away with 60% of the force in search of the main Zulu Army, the remaining force of 1 800 British soldiers was overwhelmed by 25 000 Zulu warriors.

Imagine the courage of facing modern rifles with spear and shield?

In less than 2 hours more than 1 300 British soldiers lay dead in what some view as the greatest military defeat the British suffered at the hand of a native army in their entire colonial history.

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

By mid-1910 the race to be first to the South Pole had intensified after Shackleton’s ‘furthest South’ in 1909. Robert Scott (Royal Navy) believed he would be first, but found himself facing supreme Polar explorer, Roald Amundsen from Norway.

GOING SOUTH WITH SCOTT & SHACKLETON

Portrayal of 2 Polar greats

This presentation initially takes the an audience to the South Pole with Scott’s party of 5 in January 1912, and the tragic deaths of all the men en route ‘home’. Did they die psychologically when they found Amundsen had beaten them to the Pole by 34 days?

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

By 1880 the Sudan, ravaged by slavery and exploitation by foreigners, was ripe for revolt.

Keynote Topic #1

    ISANDLWANA

     

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

    Scarcely 10 days after the invasion of Zululand began, disaster struck at Isandlwana.

    Whilst Lord Chelmsford was away with 60% of the force in search of the main Zulu Army, the remaining force of 1 800 British soldiers was overwhelmed by 25 000 Zulu warriors.

    Imagine the courage of facing modern rifles with spear and shield? In less than 2 hours more than 1 300 British soldiers lay dead in what some view as the greatest military defeat the British suffered at the hand of a native army in their entire colonial history.

    • Leadership
    • Motivation
    • Determination

Keynote Topic #2

    ENDURANCE : SHACKLETON’S WAY

     

    Greatest leadership and survival story of all time

    This business oriented presentation highlights Ernest Shackleton’s remarkable leadership principles, his choice and organisation of teams and how he always believed in a positive outcome despite dire circumstances.

    The central story regards the crushing of the ship Endurance by ice, leaving 28 men afloat on a sea of ice for 16 months, and then Shackleton’s 1200 km journey in a lifeboat across the Southern Ocean to get help. This presentation details remarkable lessons regarding preparation, experience, ingenuity and good fortune.

    Leadership

    Survival tactics

    Organizational culture

    Teamwork

Keynote Topic #3

    RORKE’S DRIFT

     

     

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

    Who would ever have conceived that a force of roughly 4 000 Zulu warriors would immediately run on from Isandlwana to attack Rorke’s Drift some 10 miles away?

    At Rorke’s Drift, comprising of little more than a makeshift hospital and a store, the desperate British soldiers prepared a barricade 4 feet high, built of mielie bags and awaited the Zulu onslaught.

    A fierce battle then waged for almost 10 hours; 139 British soldiers held out against the 4 000 Zulus. This remarkable battle saw the award of 11 Victoria Crosses and 5 Distinguished Conduct Medals, immortalised by the classic 1964 movie “Zulu”.

    Resilience against all odds

    Leadership

        • WeSpeak Global
          12/28/2021 at 9:26 pm

          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

        • WeSpeak Global
          11/09/2021 at 9:28 pm

          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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        • WeSpeak Global
          10/26/2021 at 9:28 pm

          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

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        • WeSpeak Global
          10/08/2021 at 9:29 pm

          Storytelling is an ancient art, and the basics haven’t changed: a compelling story centering on heroic characters and events, and a narrator with the dramatic skills and power of personality to bring them alive. Rob Cassie has these qualities in abundance, and his mesmerising performances have all the power of a great actor. I have rarely witnessed a performance as magnetic as Rob’s on the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift in Zululand, and I’ve watched with admiration as Rob has widened his repertoire to include other great feats of human endeavour far afield from his native South Africa. If you have an opportunity to see this extraordinary man in action, don’t miss it!

          John Fisher Burns

          The New York Times

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        • WeSpeak Global
          09/16/2021 at 9:26 pm

          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

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        • WeSpeak Global
          07/11/2021 at 9:28 pm

          I have met a most unusual and inspirational speaker. His name is Rob Caskie and he is a world renowned story teller. His talks range from the life and exploits of Shackleton, battle field tours and in particular to the story of the Zulu wars – specifically the battle of Rorke’s Drift where 100 British soldiers fought off over 4000 Zulu warriors and in the process were awarded 11 Victoria Crosses in that 12 hour battle to name but a few. He is an author, raconteur, historian, a very personable man and, above all, a very gifted – and one of the few – true story tellers. I am utterly inspired by what I witnessed from Rob Caskie last week. The story of Rorke’s Drift was the story he so beautifully illustrated, told and brought to life at our conference, using no notes it was packed with historical accuracy, names, dates and worded pictures of the heroic men who fought off those Zulu hordes. There’s was no hate, no blame, no hysteria – just pure fact and skilful wordplay. He uses no props and, where he spoke for over 70 captivating minutes to our 250 guests at the dinner, to not even a murmur from the totally absorbed audience. It was fascinating to watch, captivating and emotionally draining and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Rob was our guest speaker at our AICC conference gala dinner.

          Why am I telling you this? It is rare – almost unheard of in fact – for me to recommend someone so highly, but having seen Rob first hand, and having heard about what he does and how well he does it from so many other people, he is definitely one to have on your radar for future dinners or events. Many of us in that room were actually overcome with an extraordinary wave of emotion throughout the speech, and left emotionally drained afterwards.

          Sean Sparling
          AICC

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