Group Discussion-Preparing Methods
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Group Discussion-Preparing Methods
How should I prepare for the Group Discussion?
Your preparation for GD has to be broken down into two parts:
Subject knowledge: Your subject knowledge during the GD can’t be replaced by anything else. Read voraciously on all subjects to have good ideas. Following could be your sources of information:
• News Papers
• News Portals
As you read, keep taking down the points on different subjects.
Developing soft skills
Along side your subject knowledge you will have to develop your soft skills to carry yourself out properly during the GD. This needs a work on your communication skills, listening skills, body gestures.
How do I improve my communication skills?
Good communication would ensure that you are able to put across your ideas in a short time during the limited time. It will also ensure that the group remains supportive to you.
To improve your communication skills, read books on communication and general subjects. This will improve your vocabulary and give you ideas to speak effectively. Pick up good phrases and use them in your day to day discussion with friends and colleagues. Be polite in your conversation and let the other person finish speaking before you take up. Disagreeing politely is an art which you must have. You can use phrases like:
I am sorry but I think I disagree with you a bit here, I have a slightly different opinion here, you have a good point but I think there’s another facet also to it.
Read loudly at times to make your pronunciation and voice clear.
Can I speak in a regional language during the Group Discussion?
No. In a GD you are expected to speak in English only.
During the Group Discussion
What should I do if I don’t understand the topic properly? Should I ask the evaluators to explain?
If you do not understand or know the subject well, it is a better idea to let other start speaking. As you understand the subject make an entry into the discussion. Don’t ask evaluators to explain the subject.
Can I raise my voice during the Group Discussion?
Avoid raising voice to a level where it can be treated as shouting.
Should I take a stand during the Group Discussion?
Its better not to take a stand immediately as the discussion begins. Introduce the subject and present some facts to begin the discussion. As the GD proceeds, you can take a stand. If you are convinced with other’s point of views, there’s no harm in changing your stand but do it in a proper way so that you don’t look fickle minded.
Would presenting facts help during the Group Discussion?
Presenting facts does help but over adding the facts would be nauseating for the group and a show off of your ego. Present the facts as accurately as possible. If you are asked to name the Union territories in India, you should get them all right but at the same time if you are asked about the turn over of IT industry in the country an error of 5% is acceptable
The other members have spoken all the points I want to speak. What should I do?
This can happen if you speak late in the GD. Try to speak within first five minutes of 20 minutes long GD If others have spoken all that you wanted to speak, all you can do is:
• Drop that point and think some thing else
• Add some elaboration to the already spoken point and broaden the scope of the GD.
Should I encourage other members to speak?
Do not pressurize other members to speak if they are not willing to. By doing this you might put them up in an embarrassing situation. If you see that a member is trying to speak but is not able to than you can encourage and help him.
I am not getting a chance to speak, what should I do?
Get into the discussion by politely saying that I think I have a different point of view here, if you disagree with the speaker or by saying Yes, I think you have a point here. I would like to add some further information here.
Is it necessary to summarize the discussion?
It is a good idea to summarize the discussion as the goal of GD is that the group should reach a conclusion. However, if the group has not been able to reach a conclusion, just summarize all that has been discussed.
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