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Rob began his own business in 2011 as a Professional Speaker and Specialist Tour Guide, after working with the late David Rattray from 2001 on the Anglo Zulu battlefields, where Rob honed his unique talent for storytelling. Rob’s ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life ensured that he rapidly began to establish himself as a world-class orator. Rob believes there are powerful lessons to be learnt from the remarkable stories of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, which resonate especially with audiences today. Always confident with people, Rob thrives 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. Since 2004, Rob has presented extensively in the UK and South Africa to both corporate and private clients. His achievements were recognised with the honour of being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London to full houses in September 2010. In September 2012, Rob was invited to showcase his talk 'Going South with Scott & Shackleton', fulfilling his lifelong passion with Antarctica. Rob now regularly presents 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. Rob has regular engagements at conferences and seminars, as an after dinner speaker, specialist lecturer on cruise ships and at charity events. All of which make for a wonderfully fulfilling vocation. Passion in Speaking centers around assisting business people with the difficult task of storytelling and effective public speaking. Rob was born in 1966 and educated in the Natal Midlands, South Africa. After graduation with a BSc. Hons. Degree in Agriculture and national service, he immediately made his mark on the guiding profession as a photographic safari guide and wildlife film-maker in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. His expertise in this field earned him a place as official photographer on Kingsley Holgate’s Afrika Odyssey expedition in 1993 along the waterways of Africa from Cape to Cairo. With travel, people and photography firmly under his skin, Rob embarked on a four-year round-the-world expedition which took him through the UK, Europe, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The last sixteen months of this trip were spent travelling and working in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Alaska. This global voyage cemented Rob’s interest in people, cultures and history. Rob prides himself in unique storytelling and does not rely on electronic or visual aids – ‘when the lights trip, Rob does not’!


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.  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. The story contrasts Amundsen and Scott, ending starkly with the death of Scott’s entire polar party.
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?
Scott's Antarctic rival, Ernest Shackleton is then discussed in detail - his ship crushed by ice, and 28 men living on the ice for 16 months before their extraordinary leader sails 1200km across the Southern Ocean to get help from South Georgia. Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit.

The business and life lessons that emerge from these remarkable journeys - in terms of leadership, timing, preparation, choice of personnel and equipment, and experience - are superlative.

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.



Rave Reviews

On behalf of Barloworld Logistics and the marketing team, we would like to say a massive thank you to you for joining us on the 2016supplychainforesight road show and for contributing to the success of the launch in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you and hear you tell the story of Shackleton. We received some amazing feedback about the event and some great comments specific to you which we thought we would share with you. Please see below:

  • Guest Speaker was superb!! Excellent!

  • Rob Caskie was great. Novel approach.

  • Great Story.

  • Guest speaker/Story teller was amazing!

  • Story telling was amazing!

  • Rob was very effective, relevant, one of your best!

Rob Caskie


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