Rob Caskie

Introducing Rob Caskie
 Rob Caskie  
GCD Consulting is pleased to introduce Rob Caskie, story teller, business motivator and keynote speaker, to the corporate market. Always confident with people, Rob loves the challenge and the reward of this wonderful vocation – entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.

Rob was born in the Natal Midlands, South Africa in 1966 and was educated at Howick High School where he was head boy. He went on to graduate from the University of Natal with a BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture.

After graduation 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.

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 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. 
IIn April 2001, Rob joined David and Nicky Rattray at Fugitives’ Drift on the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields. Throughout his childhood, Rob had spoken both English and Zulu and during his national service in 1984-’85, he had served with Zulu troops, and consequently had a deep interest in the Zulu people. He came to be an invaluable asset to the world-famous pioneer of heritage tourism.

It was during his tenure at Fugitives’ Drift that Rob honed his unique talent for story telling. For ten years he was engaged in hosting and guiding often distinguished guests around the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. His ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life ensured that he rapidly began to establish himself as a world-class orator.

Since 2004, Rob has lectured extensively in the UK and South Africa to both corporate and private clients, often in aid of charitable causes, including Help for Heroes. His achievements were recognised with the honour of being invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London, where he spoke to a full house in September 2010. He has again been invited to showcase his talk 'Going South with Scott & Shackleton' to the Royal Geographic Society audience in September 2012.

In 2011, Rob left Fugitives’ Drift and began his own business as a professional speaker and specialist tour guide. He has since been creating and leading bespoke safaris around the untouched battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, bringing their incredible stories to life. He has also recently led a group to the Antarctic, his other passion, where he related the expeditions of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton.  Rob has also developed a talk to take into the Boardroom, Endurance: Shackleton's Way which is a business oriented presentation highlighting how Shackleton chose individuals, created teams and always believed in a positive outcome.

History has always formed the core of his talks, but the remarkable epics of human struggle and the triumphs of the human spirit which make our history so rich also offer powerful lessons which bear vital importance in today’s corporate world. 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.   

Rob Caskie lecture topics:


Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Scott & Shackleton and Shackleton Endurance

Charges:

1.    One hour business lecture and storytelling – R12 000.00

2.    Company or conference group workshop with facilitation:
       •     Isandlwana (2 hours) + 1 hour debrief  -  R15 000.00   
       •     Rorke's Drift (1 and a half hours) + 1 hour debrief  -  R15 000.00
       •     Scott and Shackleton (1 hour) and 1 hour debrief – R15 000.00
       •     Shackleton Endurance (1 hour) and 1  hour debrief – R15 000.00

3.    Company training i.e. Isandlwana in the morning and Rorke's Drift in the afternoon (9am to 4:30pm).
       Business lessons emerging from these stories are remarkable - R25 000.00 for full day

4.    Guided tours to the KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, Drakensberg & Game Reserves - R3 200.00 per day.

All of the above pricing excludes accommodation on the date of the talk and travel expenses to the venue. Lectures can be adapted to suit the audience.   

For more information please contact Gill - gill@gcdconsulting.co.za or logon to www.robcaskie.com