Group Discussion Techniques

A Group Discussion is a group activity, an exchange of ideas among individuals of a group of about 10-12 people on a specific topic. It is a leaderless discussion to bring out and find out the natural leader in an individual. A group discussion is an elimination round usually in a selection setup wherein  participants  of the same educational standard discuss a topic of current interest

The Group Discussion tests you in

  • Body language
  • Keenness and interest
  • Eye contact
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding
  • Ability to present ideas logically and systematically
  • Team skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Convincing capacity
  • Listening skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Backing arguments with examples or facts and figures
  • Attempt to take the group towards  a consensus
  • Getting people to agree with one’s views
  • Co-operation with the group
  • Co-ordination
  • Acceptability by the group
  • Time management
  • Coherent discussion

Tips to remember for cracking a Group Discussion

  • Build knowledge base. Being informed of current affairs shows a well-rounded personality. Read newspapers, business magazines and all sorts of books and news
  • Make up your mind on what is your take on the issues, write down your views, check if your views are fact-based or are influenced by other factors
  • Get into a habit of discussing your views with friends and family so you get a broader spectrum of ideas. Accept faults with grace and refine your thought process as you go along.
  • Learn to have healthy, mature discussions without turning it into a debate or losing your cool. Everybody has a right to their opinion, respect that.
  • Catch people and peers who would be interested in discussing topics with you. Participate in mock discussions, take feedback of your performance from people to improve your technique

Tips to remember during the Group Discussion

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Do not get into complexes towards other participants
  • Carry a paper and pen
  • Think for a few minutes before starting the discussion
  • Write points for and against the topic if it is such so you are prepared for both approaches to a particular topic
  • Try to Initiate the GD with a strong beginning if you have a thorough knowledge of the topic like a quote, story, fact and figures, shock statement
  • Do not think, more talking is good. Relevant talking is good.
  • Be a dynamic and active participant
  • Try giving the discussion a new dimension
  • Stay focused and competitive
  • See things from others’ perspective as well
  • Be assertive of your views and accept others’ views with grace
  • Be open minded
  • Speak calmly and clearly, grab your chances to speak don’t be too aggressive though
  • Make eye contact while speaking
  • Give others a chance to speak
  • Keep the discussion on track
  • Try to help the group reach a consensus though difficult, the attempt is appreciated
  • Try to summarize the discussion

Leaving a good impression on the evaluator is of key importance. Interpersonal skills are of core importance in the corporate world and hence the group discussions are conducted to test your behavioral and attitudinal ability in a team environment and prove that you are the best among equals.

 

By NSS

27th March 2018