Rob Caskie

Rob Caskie shares his Stories of human trials and triumphs never go out of vogue, and mesmerising storyteller extraordinaire Rob Caskie, 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. Book Rob through Conference Speakers

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?

Rob Caskie 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.

Born in 1966, with a background in agriculture, wildlife safari guiding, photography and travel, telling stories professionally was a magnificent and significant change in direction. Extensive travelling across Africa and around the world for four unbroken years cemented Rob Caskie – Motivational Dinner Speaker interest in people, cultures and history creating clear views on our interconnectedness.

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, Rob Caskie will 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.


This exciting new keynote focusses on intuition and the important role it plays in our daily lives. With much of our interaction being determined by intuition, along with daily decisions, its role is often underestimated. Our pineal gland, or ‘the third eye’, determines much of what we do subconsciously and strongly influences the better natures in our angels.

Using human stories and challenging circumstances, Rob Caskie 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.


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.


The important role intuition plays in our daily lives

Using a wealth of fantastic human stories, Rob Caskie explores the role intuition may have played historically, and how it may be engaged positively to Life today.

Did Black South African soldiers feel something was going to go wrong with SS Mendi crossing the English Channel in February 1917? Their response to tragedy will make you weep. The Mendi is one of many extraordinary stories used in this engaging presentation.


A romp through the last 200 years

This young country has a fascinating and complex history.

This story deals with early inhabitants and the arrival of the Nguni people. One of them became the military genius Shaka, with major implications.

Religious persecution and poor standards of living result in a miscellany of Europeans arriving in the Cape after 1652. British rule, taxation and slavery eventually leads to the Great Trek.

Along with the discovery of diamonds and gold, it creates a kaleidoscope of characters and intrigue worth sharing.


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.


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?

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”.


Viking versus Brit revisited

In this presentation Amundsen’s preparation, previous experience and planning are discussed, along with his expert use of dogs. Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911 – Scott followed 34 days later on 17 January 1912. In a fantastic duel, the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, took the prize.


Portrayal of 2 Polar greats

This presentation initially takes the 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?


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.


Tragedy of Naval hero Franklin and contrasting claims

Who would have thought that the North West Passage would claim Franklin and 128 of Britain’s finest along with their ships between 1845 and 1847. Amundsen would be the first through the fabled passage and then turned his attention south when Cook and Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole. Along with Nansen the history and the intrigue of the Arctic region is spell binding.

THE SUDAN CAMPAIGN   1880 ~ 1898

Islam versus Christianity

By 1880 the Sudan, ravaged by slavery and exploitation by foreigners, was ripe for revolt. A local Islamic tribesman, believing he was a descendant of Mohammed himself, became The Mahdi – The Guided One. Arabi’s War in Egypt provided the opportunity and diversion.

Topics Covered
  • Engaging Intuition
  • THE SUDAN CAMPAIGN   1880 ~ 1898

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