March 2024 Party in the Back Podcast

Long-time Mascot Performer, Speaker, Entrepreneur and now notable Author Rob Wicall joins the Podcast to talk about his new book Furlosphy. The book looks at how his time in costume has shaped his current success in life and business.

In the electrifying world of sports, where the spotlight often shines on star athletes and high-octane performances, Rob Wicall, an award-winning NBA mascot, carved a niche for himself that transcended the boundaries of the basketball court. “Furlosophy: Beyond the Mascot” delves deep into Rob’s journey, offering readers a unique perspective on the art of genuine human connection and the power of making memorable moments that last a lifetime. 

Our guest is longtime friend of the Podcast Rob Wicall, who now will be referred to as “Author Rob Wicall”.  Rob has published his first book “Furlosophy” which chronicles his journey as a mascot and how those furry experiences help shape the rest of his life.  

Rob shares some anecdotes from the book, including the importance of teamwork.  He shares a fun story about “his success” with a classic Coyote Standard and how the “impromptu” bit relied on preparation and teamwork, plus the importance of staying humble amid those successes. 

Always a fun conversation with Rob, plus notes on new content in the Water Cooler and on the site for March.

Thanks for listening and sharing the podcast.  See the link before for links to the Book on Amazon.

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  • One Year Ago on the first episode of the Party in the Back Podcast: Every mascot wears a mask cloaking their identity. Colts’ mascot Blue removes his mask to help kids in powerful way. Trey Mock joins the Party in the Back to explain.
  • Five Years Ago on The Podcast: Amanda Greco joins host Jon Cudo discussing the future of dance teams and related topics. Canadian National Treasure Cameron Hughes talks Krazy George and his recent appearance at Syracuse.
  • Furlosophy: Beyond the Mascot: Insights into Life and the NBA – “Furlosophy” is not just about the life of an NBA mascot. It’s a masterclass in human connection. Rob emphasizes the importance of authenticity, of being present in the moment, and of creating impactful interactions that leave an indelible mark on people’s hearts. He believes that every individual, irrespective of their profession, can harness the power of genuine connection to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Mascot Mechanics – Wicall and Cudo boil down the mechanics of being a strong effective mascot character into 3 main traits: Be Aware, Be a Character and Be a Professional with 10 ways to keep your character focussed on success.
  • Impact Moments – Creating Impactful Game Presentation Moments by Rob Wicall 

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