The first step is to find the right veins to take the pulse rate. Mostly the pulse rate is taken from the arteries running down the wrist, but there are other body parts from where you can take the reading like the carotid artery, pedal artery, brachial artery. Finding the arteries in these places are much more complex and requires years of practice. The wrist arteries run close to the surface of the skin, making it easier to find. This gives the radial pulse and here is how you can find it.
Step 1: Turn your left hand over, so it is palm-side up.
Step 2: Place two fingertips of your right hand in the groove on the forearm, down from the fold of the wrist and about an inch long from the base of the thumb.
Step 3: If you have placed your fingertips in the right place, you would be able to hear the pulsation of your heartbeat. If not, move your fingertips a bit and try to apply less pressure.