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GROUP DISCURSSION Presentation By Asst.Prof. Ravi Kumar G

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What is Group discussion? A GD is a methodology used by an organization to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and/or skills that it desires in its members. Personality Traits the GD is trying to gauge may include :- Ability to work in a team Communication skills Reasoning ability Leadership skills Initiative Flexibility Creativity Listening Awareness GROUP DISCUSSION (GD)

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Why GD ? To know you as a person and gauge how well you will fit in their institute. Interactive skills How good you are at communicating with other people. How you behave, participate and contribute in a group. How much importance do you give to the group objective as well as your own. How well do you listen to viewpoints of others How open-minded are you in accepting views contrary to your own. The aspects which make up a GD are verbal communication, non-verbal behavior, conformation to norms, decision-making ability and cooperation.

During the GD::

During the GD: Do: Attend the group discussion in formal dress. Speak pleasantly and politely to the group. Respect the contribution of every speaker. Remember that a discussion is not an argument. Learn to disagree politely. Think about your contribution before you speak. How best can you answer the question/ contribute to the topic? Try to stick to the discussion topic. Don't introduce irrelevant information. Be aware of your body language when you are speaking. Agree with and acknowledge what you find interesting.

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Don't: Lose your temper. A discussion is not an argument. Shout. Use a moderate tone and medium pitch. Use too many gestures when you speak. Gestures like finger pointing and table thumping can appear aggressive. Dominate the discussion. Confident speakers should allow quieter a chance to contribute. Draw too much on personal experience or anecdote. Interrupt. Wait for a speaker to finish what they are saying before you speak.

Skills that reflects::

Skills that reflects: Clarity of thought Group working skills (especially during a group task of case study discussion) Conflict handling Listening and probing skills Knowledge about the subject and individual point of view Ability to create a consensus Openness and flexibility towards new ideas Data based approach to decision making

My chance to speak :

My chance to speak How do I take my chance to speak: Trying to interrupt others while speaking would only harm your chances. Maintain an eye-contact with the speaker. This would show your listening skills Try and link your inputs with what he has spoken whether you are adding to or opposing his

+ve task Roles in GD :

+ve task Roles in GD Initiator Information seeker Information giver Procedure facilitator Opinion seeker Opinion giver Clarifier Social Supporter Tension Reliever Energizer Compromiser Summarizer

-ve Roles in GD :

-ve Roles in GD Non-participant Attacker Dominator Patronizer Clown

G.D TIPS 1. Initiation Techniques:

G.D TIPS 1. Initiation Techniques When you initiate a GD, you not only grab the opportunity to speak, you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates. If you can make a favorable first impression with your content and communication skills after you initiate a GD, it will help you sail through the discussion. But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures, the damage might be irreparable.

2. Body of the GD:

2. Body of the GD i . Quotes ii. Definition iii. Question iv. Shock statement v. Facts, figures and statistics vi. Short story vii. General statement

3. Summarization/ Conclusion:

3. Summarization/ Conclusion Most GD doesn’t really have conclusions. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favor or against the topic. But every GD is summarized. You can summaries what the group has discussed in the GD in a nutshell.

While summarizing a discussion: :

While summarizing a discussion: Avoid raising new points. Avoid stating only your viewpoint. Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD. Keep it brief and concise. It must incorporate all the important points that came out during the GD. If the examiner asks you to summaries a GD, it means the GD has come to an end. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarized.

Types of GD :

Types of GD GD’s can be topic-based or case-based . 1. Factual Topics E.g. The education policy of any country, Tourism, State of the aged in the nation. 2. Controversial Topics E.g. Reservations should be removed, Women make better managers 3. Abstract Topics Abstract topics are about intangible things. Case-based GD The case study-a real-life situation.

Why do we have GD?:

Why do we have GD? It helps you to understand a subject more deeply. It improves your ability to think critically. It helps in solving a particular problem . It helps the group to make a particular decision. It gives you the chance to hear other’s ideas . It improves your listening skills . It increases your confidence in speaking. It can change your attitudes .

Leading a Discussion:

Leading a Discussion You can demonstrate leadership by: introducing yourself and the members of the group stating the purpose of the discussion inviting quiet group members to speak being objective summarizing the discussion

Chairing a Group Discussion:

Chairing a Group Discussion introducing the topic and purpose of the discussion, making sure all members have approximately the same time thanking group members for their contribution being objective in summarizing the group's discussion and achievements

GD Mistakes:

GD Mistakes Emotional outburst ANGER Quality Vs Quantity MAXIMUM TALK Egotism Showing off (SELFISHNESS) FAKE FIGURES / INFORMATION Get noticed - But for the right reasons WANT TO BE THE FIRST Managing one's insecurities NERVOUSNESS

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