I am often asked about the “WHO, WHAT, WHEN and WHY” of what I do, so I have prepared these words to help you consider including me in your next event or conference.
Who am I and what are my areas of expertise?
Having enthralled audiences with my experiences on motorcycle trips in southern Africa at university, I embarked on a professional speaking career 20 years ago.
I have presented the stories of South African History, the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift along with early Antarctic and Arctic exploration successfully to thousands of audiences around the world. As a consummate story-teller, I specialize in telling stories about human beings in extreme circumstances. My interest in people and their history was cemented by extensive travels all over the world.
A passionate interest in photography assists me in creating visual images via the power of the spoken word. Alongside my speaking career, I conduct regular battlefield tours in KwaZulu Natal.
What are my presentations about?
Stories about human beings in extremis. My presentations resonate in the minds of the listener and relate thought-provokingly to the lessons which are to be learned from yesteryear.
I specialize in telling powerful stories and entertaining audiences in the theatre of their own imagination, sans PowerPoint. “When the lights trip, Rob does not”
When should you use me?
In any situation where something significantly different, compelling, thought-provoking and memorable is required.
My stories, which may weave your theme into their content, are a great way to open or close an event.
Being multi-cultural they are utterly appropriate for all audiences – they are essentially human stories.
As human beings, we have grown up with story-telling, yet with the entertainment options available today, this ancient art is being lost.
Audiences love being swept up in a great story and entertained in the theatre of the mind. 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 doesn’t 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. Allow me, with my stick and trademark shorts, the opportunity of revitalising your audience with a human story well-told.