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  • 1. Group DISCUSSIONGroup DISCUSSION
  • 2. TopicsTopics• Definition of Group Discussion• Group Discussion• Prerequisites of a Group Discussion• Benefits in Group Discussion• Salient features• Do’s and Don’ts in Group Discussion• Important points in Group Discussion• Accept criticism• Suggestion• Topics of importance frequently discussed
  • 3. Definition of GroupDefinition of GroupDiscussionDiscussion• Group Discussion is a modernmethod of assessing studentspersonality.• It is both a technique and an art anda comprehensive tool to judge theworthiness of the student and hisappropriateness for the job.
  • 4. Group DiscussionGroup Discussion• The term suggests a discussionamong a group of persons.• The group will have 8 & 12 memberswho will express their views freely,frankly in a friendly manner, on atopic of current issue.• Within a time limit of 20 to 30minutes,the abilities of the membersof the group is measured.
  • 5. Prerequisites of a GroupPrerequisites of a GroupDiscussionDiscussion• Topics given by panelists• Planning and preparation• Knowledge with self-confidence• Communication skills/ power of speech• Presentation• Body Language and personalappearance• Being calm and cool
  • 6. Prerequisites of a GroupPrerequisites of a GroupDiscussionDiscussion• Extensive knowledge base related tostate, country and globe.• Areas are politics,sports,science&trade commerce,Industry andTechnology,MNC,ect.• Analyze the social,economical issueslogistically .• Listening skills• Co-operation.
  • 7. Benefits in GroupBenefits in Groupdiscussiondiscussion• Stimulation of thinking in a newway.• Expansion of knowledge• Understanding of your strengthand weakness.• Your true personality is revealedand qualities of leadershipcrystallize
  • 8. Benefits of group discussion• provides chance to Expose• Language skills• Academic knowledge• Leadership skills• people handling skills• Team work• General knowledge.
  • 9. Salient features of G.DSalient features of G.D• Topic may be given to judge yourpublic speaking talent.• Discussion revolves around aspecific subject.• The examiner does not interfereonce he announced the topic.• Maintain cordiality and freeexpression of thought and opinion.
  • 10. Do`s in group discussionDo`s in group discussion• Appropriate to the issue .• Make original points & support themby substantial reasoning .• Listen to the other participantsactively &carefully.• Whatever you say must be with alogical flow,&validate it with anexample as far as possible.• Make only accurate statements.
  • 11. Do`s in group discussion• Modulate the volume, pitch andtone.• Be considerate to the feelings ofthe others.• Try to get your turn.• Be an active and dynamicparticipant by listening.• Talk with confidence and self-assurance.
  • 12. Don’ts during groupDon’ts during groupdiscussiondiscussion• Being shy /nervous / keeping isolatedfrom G.D• Interrupting another participant beforehis arguments are over• Speak in favour ; example:Establishyour position and stand by it stubbornly• Changed opinions• Don’t make fun of any participant evenif his arguments are funny.
  • 13. Don`ts during group discussion• Don’t engage yourself in sub-groupconversation.• Don’t repeat and use irrelevantmaterials.• Addressing yourself to the examiner.• Worrying about making somegrammatical mistakes,for your interestthe matter you put across are
  • 14. Important points in groupImportant points in groupdiscussiondiscussion• Be assertive: An assertive person is direct ,honest careful about not hurting others‘self-respect’.• A patient listener: listening to anotherperson is one way of showing appreciation.• Right language : Words can make friends &right words at the right time make the bestresults.• Be analytical and fact-oriented : It isnecessary to make relevant points whichcan be supported with facts and analyzedlogically.
  • 15. Accept criticismAccept criticism• If any member of the group criticizes ordisapproves a point, it is unwise to getupset or react sharply.• In case the criticism is flimsy,the samecan be pointed out politely.• Maximize participation ; one must try tocontribute fully, vigorously & steadilythroughout the discussion.• Show leadership ability: A groupdiscussion also evaluates yourleadership qualities.
  • 16. • Accept someones point of view• Praise the argumentExample: Remedial Englishcommunication is necessary for collegestudents because they fail incommunication skill test.Status of literacy of women , isincreased from 30% to 70% whencompared to past years, in employmentsectors organized ,in the IT & ITES field.
  • 17. • Accept the contradicts view• Express your argument with few facts,cases, %,Newspapers publications etc.• Express without hurting othersfeelings.
  • 18. • Suggestions• Never try to bluff.• Practice group discussion with friends ondifferent subjects.• Remember !speech is a powerfulweapon.
  • 19. Topics of Importance frequentlyTopics of Importance frequentlydiscusseddiscussed• Is India Shining• Mobile phones / Internet – a boon ornuisance• Students focusing on software industry-good or bad• Child marriage• India 2020• Daughters are more caring than sons• Influence of western culture in IndianUniversities• Influence of computers in medical sciences
  • 20. GD PhrasesGD PhrasesAsk Agree DisagreeWhat do you think? I agree I disagreeHow about you? I feel the same way. I have a different idea. I think...How do you feel about it? I have the same opinionas…I don’t think so.Could you tell me ...? That’s what I think too. Really?I’d like to ask (you) about... Same here. No. I think ...I’d like to know… Me too. That doesn’t make anysense.
  • 21. Get in Get more Get throughPardon, but... Could you repeatthatThe main reason is...May I say somethinghere?I missed the end ofthat.1...because...Excuse me forinterrupting,but...Sorry, I missedsomethingthere.That’s why...Can we go back towhat(name) just said?Hmm? What wasthat?And then...Wait a minute! I didn’t get that. And there’s anotherreason...Sorry, but... Could you go overthatagain?The really importantthingis...Can we slow down aminute?Huh? That’s like...