145 – Natalie Arledge – Goal-Setting for Success: Michael and Natalie’s Roadmap for 2024

It’s that time of year again. What do we want 2024 (and beyond) to look like and how are we going to make it happen? At Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock, it all starts with goals.

But, as we’ve all learned by now, all goals are not created equal. How do you identify your goals? Are they long-term or short-term and how do they align with your existing circumstances? Are they specific or general? How do you measure your progress?

On this episode of Trial Lawyer Nation, Michael Cowen is joined by partner Natalie Arledge to discuss goal-setting for 2024 and share some of their goals, including making more money, drafting pattern jury charges, empowering their team to make decisions, and using more visual aids in depositions, hearings, and at trial.

Tune in to join the Trial Lawyer Nation team in setting big, achievable goals for 2024!

Don’t miss out! Michael’s book, Big Rig Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Maximizing Value in Truck Accident Cases is now available!

Featured Guest

Name: Natalie Arledge  

About: Natalie Arledge was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated cum laude from Baylor University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned her J.D. from Baylor Law School. A partner and trial attorney at Cowen Rodriguez Peacock, Natalie focuses her practice on 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle cases involving death and catastrophic injury.   

Company: Cowen Rodriguez Peacock 

Connect: LinkedIn 

Episode Highlights 

[4:43] The importance of setting specific goals. A goal should be specific, not wishy-washy. Specific goals are measurable, allowing you to track your progress.

[8:10] Natalie’s goals for 2024. Natalie’s goals include analyzing FOIA documents and driver logs, drafting pattern jury instructions after initial client meetings, putting photos of clients in their case files, empowering her team to make decisions, and using more visual aids. 

[13:29] Michael’s goals for 2024. Michael’s goals include hiring someone to take over the administrative part of running the firm, trying at least two jury trials, getting back to running five days a week, and hiking a mountain over 14,000 feet.

[17:12] How to ensure goals get done. Using visual reminders, enlisting support to stay accountable, and tracking goals on the calendar.  

[21:40] Presentation Zen. Michael recommends a book titled, Presentation Zen, about presentation design and delivery. 

[22:09] The idea of traction and hiring an integrator. The book, Traction, introduces the idea of traction, where a business has a visionary who comes up with ideas and an integrator then makes those ideas come to pass and runs the business. Michael wants to hire an integrator.

[26:45] Using coaches to achieve goals. Michael has many coaches in his life, including a fitness coach, eating coach, running coach, and business coach.

[27:35] Share your goals with Michael. Michael invites listeners to share their goals and offers to give advice to anyone who emails him at michael@CowenLaw.com

[27:52] Michael Cowen’s book. Big Rig Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Maximizing Value in Truck Accident Cases, is available at Trial Guides

[28:11] Cowen’s Big Rig Bootcamp. Michael’s seminar will take place in San Antonio, Texas on July 12th. Sign up at BigRigBootcamp.com.


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