Top 10 Ways to Prepare for a Pulse Assignment – David Letterman Style

My mission throughout Pulse is to “Blog without Bore” – which is why this blog will be crafted “David Letterman Style”… in honor of the talk show host’s final appearance tonight.

If you don’t know David Letterman, it’s time to google. If you are familiar with Letterman, then you know a Top 10 countdown is headed your way. [Disclaimer: GSK does not review, edit, nor endorse any of my blogs. They are all my own, off the cuff, and unfiltered sense of humor. Some are legitimate thoughts I’ve had, others are for pure entertainment. Proceed with a grain of salt….]

Without further delay, I give you my Top 10 Ways to Prepare for a Pulse Assignment.

10. Thank your manager & your team for taking on your work in your absence. Get creative — perhaps some form of local cuisine? Cheesesteaks anyone?

9. Train your brain to think differently – shifting from a highly regulated, high resourced global company to a small, niche, non-profit is bound to throw your brain for a whirl!

8. Start a plan – Failure to plan is a plan to fail. Even if you aren’t clear about your exact assignment… plan out the things you do know like how much toilet paper you need to bring.

7. Buddy up with your Pulse Buddy – one of the great resources as a Pulse Partner is that you can connect with those who have walked the path before you. Ask them all the questions you wouldn’t want to ask your NGO! Shout out to my buddy, Sara Poston! Our lives have intertwined for years in different ways – of course you would be my Pulse Buddy!

6. Start using your ears twice as much as your mouth. If you are like me, and have a tendency to be verbose in all you do…. start practicing the art of silence and the value of observation.

5. Embrace the change! This energizing, fear of the unknown adventure is what you were looking for…remember?! Embrace it!

4. Call someone who is completely unrelated to anything you are going through and just listen to them. It’s really easy to get self-focused when working through a change…. don’t lose sight of those around you in the process. Just like when you play “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” – don’t forget to “Phone a Friend”… they are one of your lifelines.

3. Reflect. Reflect. Reflect. Remind yourself daily what your motivation is and just how much impact you will have on the community and how much you’ve personally grown from this experience already.

2. Dance – why not? If our Pulse Tribal leader can do it on tables in Turkey you can dance anywhere….

And the number one way to Prepare for your Pulse Assignment…. (drum roll)

1. Make “To Do” lists over and over again. Forget where you put them. Repeat.

Ba-Dum ching! (my interpretation of lame joke drum roll)

Good night, folks!



  1. I love this. You have a wonderful creative mind that will serve you well on your Pulse assignment:)

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