Rob Caskie: Rorkes Drift
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.
About Rob Caskie
Story Teller • Keynote Speaker • Cultural Guide
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.
I love telling stories, always have. Who would ever have conceived that sharing stories about solo motorcycle journeys in Africa would have led to a career as storyteller? With a varied background and extensive travels I have always believed that human beings have an innate desire to hear stories, more particularly stories about human beings, rather than events.
My storytelling career began in earnest in 2001, on the famous Anglo-Zulu War battlefields at the foot of world renowned raconteur, David Rattray. Researching and sharing human dramas has taken me to the Antarctic on numerous occasions, the Arctic, annually to the UK and very regularly to the Battlefields.
One may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they may do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift as storyteller / influencer.
That special privilege and responsibility drives me daily to hone my skill, research new stories, and share the fantastic lessons which emerge from these stories of Life.The theatre of your imagination is a very powerful backdrop.
I choose stories from my repertoire for clients depending on their theme or what their objective is. I modify content accordingly, drawing from a miscellany of stories. A company with diversity issues will not want the same delivery as a game lodge or birthday gathering.
With stick and trademark shorts, I pride myself in positive, unique storytelling – live or online.
About Rorkes Drift
With its epic scenery, distinct cultural identity and distinguished history, KwaZulu-Natal combines the very best of South Africa. This special journey in the company of eminent story-teller and historian Rob Caskie predominantly focuses on the important events of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The battles that took place here during the latter part of the 19th century not only made a huge impact on the British Empire but also changed the course of South African history.
Rorke’s Drift – in the aftermath of Isandlwana an impi of 4,500 Zulu warriors mounted an assault on a British garrison of 140 men stationed at the border post at Rorke’s Drift. After eleven hours of ferocious fighting, the remnants of the Zulu impi departed in defeat, leaving 600 dead. 17 British soldiers died. 11 Victoria Crosses and 4 Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded to the brave men manning the garrison.
A professional speaker, story-teller and tour guide Rob Caskie is a leading authority on the Anglo-Zulu battlefields. Rob feels that there are important lessons to be learnt from the events of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift and through the power of story-telling he brings these two legendary events to life. Aside from guiding, Rob travels extensively and has given presentations in the United Kingdom and South Africa including being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London.