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Group

Discussion

Session Objective:
To introduce students the importance of Group Discussion (Why and
How) than the discussion on required skills that are judged at the time
of GD.
To introduce them Dos and Donts of a Group Discussion
To make them comfortable for GD by doing some practice on various
topics.

What is to be done :

Start the session with a Group Discussion


Share the feedback- what could be done better
Introduce importance of GD
Discuss the strategies to handle GD
Students will practice of GD on various topics and will get the feedback

Many companies and institutes are making group discussion as the


first criteria for screening the candidates for face-to-face interviews.
And there is reason too for giving huge importance for Group Discussion. First
thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group
discussion selection criterias are based on actual company requirements.
Communication and Group Discussion skills are two relevant soft skills that
are must for any employee- Engineers/Managers
Why group discussion should be the first criteria for selecting
Engineers?
Engineers require communication with different people like team members,
managers and customers. So interpersonal skills are very important for
Engineer.
Yesterday one of our readers mailed me about her problem. She is very good
at work but when it comes to taking credit for her work, someone else is
taking the credit.
Why this is happening? She is lagging in interpersonal skills. Lagging in
communication. She might be proficient in many skills, but what if she isnt
able to communicate her thoughts in front of her seniors or evaluators?
Simply, she will lose the credits of her own work!
Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews
is the basic skill, every professional should have. Lets see how you can
make this impression.
What skills are judged in group discussion?

How good you are at communication with others.

How you behave and interact with group.

How open minded are you.

Your listening skill.

How you put forward your views.

Your leadership and decision making skills.

Your analytical skill and subject knowledge.

Problem solving and critical thinking skill.

Your attitude and confidence.

Dos and Donts of Group discussion:


1) Keep eye contact while speaking:
Do not look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with every team member
while speaking.
2) Initiate the GD:
Initiating the GD is a big plus. But keep in mind - Initiate the group discussion
only when you understood the GD topic clearly and have some topic
knowledge. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression.
3) Allow others to speak:
Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you dont agree
with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak. Instead make
some notes and clear the points when its your turn.
4) Speak clearly:
Speak politely and clearly. Use simple and understandable words while
speaking. Dont be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone.
Express your feelings calmly and politely.
5) Make sure to bring the discussion on track:
If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take
initiative to bring the discussion on the track. Make all group members aware
that you all need to come to some conclusion at the end of the discussion. So
stick to the topic.

6) Positive attitude:
Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language.
Show interest in discussion.
7) Speak sensibly:
Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. Dont worry even if you
speak less. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of
irrelevant speech.
8) Listen carefully to others:
Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will
make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively.
You will surely make people agree with you.
9) No need to go into much details:
Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures
while giving any reference. You have limited time so be precise and convey
your thoughts in short and simple language.
10) Formal dressing:
Do not take it casually. No fancy and funny dressing. You should be
comfortable while speaking in group. Positive gesture and body language will
make your work easy.

FAQs regarding GD
Q1. What is the normal duration of a GD?
Ans. A GD is usually of 15-20 minutes duration.
Q2. How many panel members are there to evaluate?
Ans. There are usually 3-4 members to evaluate.
Q3. Is there time given for preparation after the topic is given and before
starting the GD?
Ans. Usually some time (2-5 minutes) is given to collect one's thoughts, but
there could be instances when this does not happen, so it is best not to bank
on this.
Q4. Should I address the panel or the group members?
Ans. Don't ever make the mistake of addressing the panel members. The
Group Discussion is between you and the other members, not the panel
members. You must avoid even looking at the panel members while the GD is
in progress. Just ignore their existence
Q5. What is the seating arrangement like?

Ans. It could be semi-circular, or circular, or seating along side a rectangular


table, depending upon the venue. It is best not to bother about trivial issues
like this, which you have no control over.
Q6. How should I address the other group members?
Ans. If you are initiating the discussion, you could do so by collectively
addressing the group as "Friends". Subsequently, you could use names (if the
group has had a round of self-introduction prior to starting the discussion and
you remember the names) or simply use pronouns like he or she.
Q7. Suppose I have a lot to say on the topic, should I say all of it?
Ans. You would not be looked upon favourably if you kept speaking all the
time and did not take note to anyone else. Contrary to the misconception, the
person who talks the most is not necessarily the one who is judged the best.
The quality and not the quantity of your contribution is the success factor.
Q8. Should I encourage others to speak up?
Ans. Do not honestly put somebody who is constantly silent on the spot by
asking him/her to speak up. If someone has been trying to speak and has a
good point but is cut off constantly, you may push him / her to continue with
her point as you would like to hear her out.
Q9.Are the group members supposed to keep track of the time or will the
panel keep track?
Ans. It would be good, if you are aware of the time, but not to the point of
getting so distracted looking at you, watch that you do not contribute to the
discussion.

Some Group Discussion- Topics


1. Multinational Corporations: Are they Devils in Disguise?
2. Privatization will lead to Less Corruption
3. Should India break Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan?
4. Brain drain is better than brain in the drain
5. Every cloud has a silver lining
6. Indian villages - our strength or our weakness?
7. What shall we do about our Ever-Increasing Population?
8. Is China better than India in software?
9. Should cricket be made the national game of India
10.How to deal with international terrorism.
11.Is peace and non-violence outdated concepts?
12.Corruption is the price we pay for Democracy.
13.Beauty contests degrade womanhood
14.Religion should not be mixed with politics
15.Reservation based on caste is required for the development of the
nation

16.Voting rights to illiterates in India is illogical because it is widely


misused.
17.Higher education should be made possible only for those who can pay
for it.
18.Women make good managers.
19.Indians perform better as individuals rather than in groups
20.Science Is A Boon Or Bane
21.Business And Ethics Can't / Don't Go Together
22.Nothing Succeeds Like Success
23.East Is East & West Is Where All The Action Is': Mark Twain