Before getting ready how to start the Group Discussion, you need to understand the Group Discussion Rules and improve and focus on Group Discussion skills. Accordingly, it is very important to know and follow certain basic tips for Group discussion to become well versed about the entire GD process. So prior to getting down to learn top basic Group Discussion Tips, the advice by the experts in regard to GD tips is that you should be aware ‘what and how do you speak in the group discussion’; Whether your Communication skills are good; whether your behavior during Group Discussion is positive on the expected lines; whether you are ready to show your leadership skills in the group without being arrogant.
The article below prepared by experts shares basic tips for Group Discussion to help you emerge as the winner in the GD round for MBA admission.
Top 10 basic group discussion tips
Top basic Group Discussion tips include tips to Prepare For Group Discussions before and during the Group Discussion round and important Do’s and Don’ts. Below are shared the Group Discussion Tips to hone your Group Discussion skills:
1. Rich Content with good subject knowledge
Having good subject knowledge and rich content is the first and foremost GD tip to enter the Group Discussion Round. Following are the key steps to improve your Group discussion skills in regard to GD content preparation:
• You should prepare on a variety of topics as rich and right subject knowledge will be required during the GD round.
• You should have subject knowledge and be well aware of the latest happenings around you, not just in India but around the world as well.
• Subject knowledge is a pre-requisite while you are preparing for a group discussion because you will then have the power to steer the conversation in whichever direction you want to. If you can memorize some relevant data, it will be an added advantage.
• If you are a good reader and read on a variety of topics, it will help you in a group discussion round. There is no need for last-minute preparation. You should read over a period of time. Reading not only adds to your knowledge database but enhances your vocabulary skills as well.
• Always choose the magazines that are content-rich and not just full of advertisements. Often magazines have columns which are promoting a particular institute etc. Avoid such magazines, do some research and buy the best that will be beneficial for you.
2. Be a Leader
There is no doubt that to emerge a winner in the GD round you should speak after getting a grasp on the given topic. But it also gives you the opportunity to take lead. So be a leader to begin the Group Discussion. Key tips are:
• Usually when the moderator announces the GD topic, for a minute there is silence all around.
• If possible, gather your thoughts in a few seconds and start the Group discussion with positive impact and be a leader.
• If you find that it is taking time to gather ideas, let others begin and then enter the GD round by agreeing/disagreeing with previous speakers
• Beginning the Group Discussion gives the opportunity to make an impact but if you are not able to make your point well, it will create a negative effect
• Therefore, it is not necessary to speak first but it is necessary that when you speak you are heard and are able to make your point well
• If you are able to speak out the name of your previous speaker and then present your views, it will mark a good impact.
3. Be relevant
• When you speak you should speak to the point without any ambiguity of thought
• Express your ideas at length. If you simply follow the other speaker or his ideas, remember your elimination is imminent
• Wherever possible, emphasize your point with facts and figures
4. Be a Good Listener
• Learn to be a good listener. Listening Skills are Essential for GD round, so carefully listen to what others have to say.
• Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn’t make you better. You should learn to give others a chance to speak. Try and listen to others.
• If the speaker is making eye contact with you remember to acknowledge him by nodding your head so that the speaker is aware that his listeners are listening to him and paying full attention. This will also show that you are vigilant and are an active participant in the discussion.
• Unless you listen well, it will not be possible for you to add value to your content and communication
• Listening offers you the opportunity to summarise the Group Discussion on each and every aspect.
5. Improve your Communication Skills
You may have good and rich content with a lot of ideas but if you are not able to communicate well your thoughts and opinions, all is useless. The need is now to improve your communication skills with the following GD tips:
• Be well versed in your communication skills.
• You should have a good vocabulary and a decent command of English.
• Much before your actual group discussion, rehearse well.
• You can sit with a group of friends and choose a topic and indulge in a friendly GD.
• Not only will this increase your knowledge, but you will also be a better speaker by the time it is time for your GD.
• In case you are not sure about something, you can use phrases such as: “I think” or “Probably/Approximately” or “If I remember correctly”
6. Body gestures: Very important tool for Group Discussion
The panelists observe the way you sit and react in the course of the discussion. Body gestures are very important because your body language says a lot about you. In a GD, sit straight, avoid leaning back onto the chair or knocking the table with a pen or your fingers. Also, do not get distracted easily. Nervous body movements, folding your hands across your chest, having skeptical expression, constantly moving, evading eye movements are the indicators of a negative personality and should be avoided at all costs.
7. No Aggressive Move
It is expected during the Group Discussion that you are firm on your ideas and are audible enough to make an impact on the group. But being aggressive, shouting, and not allowing others in the group to speak, is not appreciated. So be careful and don’t be a bully.
8. Don’t Crisscross on your Ideas
Don’t crisscross your ideas. The topics given in Group Discussion are debatable, you might like to speak for or against the topic and while speaking don’t forget that you may be crossing your own lines. It gives a bad impact and you are judged as a person who has no stand for his own thought.
9. Don’t be a part of the fish market
As a team player, your ability to lead and play in a team is measured in the GD. During the Group Discussion, there are many instances where you will find everyone is saying something and no one is heard. It is better to be quiet for a while and then after gathering your thoughts, raise your voice initially and make your point.
10. Don’t give up: Make multiple entries
Don’t be content with one round of one minute or half a minute speaking in the group. Focus on key points, form the ideas and opinions to enter again based on the views presented by others to further strengthen your viewpoint.
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