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  1. 1. GROUP DISCUSSIONS As a professional in the working world, there will be times when you will be required to participate in group discussions. This section offers helpful articles analyzing the rules for success in group discussions. Your career and status within your field can improve if you learn some guidelines and tactics that refine your group discussion skills. If you have trouble speaking out of turn, interrupting others or a lack of confidence about properly expressing yourself, the techniques about handling yourself in a group discussion can be invaluable. This is helpful advice for any individual working with other people in any industry. Discussing ideas in a group is one of the best ways to solve the problem. When a person becomes a burden in group discussions due to lack of experience, an excess amount of excitement or a general lack of social skills, these factors can contribute to how you are viewed by your colleagues and superiors in the workplace. If you are in a managerial position, it is imperative to provide an open forum for discussion where your subordinates feel comfortable sharing their ideas. If a person participating ina group discussion feels that their opinion will be ignored then the members within the group will hesitate to share what could be valuable solutions to business issues in group discussions. How To Prepare For Group Discussions If you are participating in a group discussion, it is important to make sure you're prepared before the discussion begins. While small groups may not be good for the distribution of information, group discussions are excellent for situations where members need to learn concepts or solve problems. To obtain a higher level of thinking, it is important for the group to focus on a specific goal. Being prepared before the discussion starts will allow you to effectively communicate ideas to group. It is important for all the member of a group discussion to use reasoning. It is also important for you to ask questions that will allow you to determine how much the other members know about a specific topic. This is called analyzing their knowledge. Asking these questions will allow you to learn more about the other members of the group. It is also essential to avoid conflicts. Conflicts will kill the group discussion, and will not allow it to be productive. You should not make a statement which gives your opinion about the accuracy of a comment that has been made by another member. You should not even make statements like “I think that is an excellent question." The reason for this is because you may send a message saying that all other questions are irrelevant.
  2. 2. When the members of a group discussion are prepared, this will allow the discussion to blossom. However, when they are not prepared, the goals of the discussion will not be easy to achieve. To successfully participate in group discussion, you must know how to work well with others, and you must understand the topic or materials that are being discussed. When you are prepared for a group discussion, you will be able to benefit from it. What Should Happen During a Group Discussion In most cases, the goal of a group discussion is to come up with ideas which will allow the group to solve specific problems or learn a skill. The members must be able to summarize the primary points of the information they read, and they should also be able to determine their own understanding of the material. If the group discussion has been held before, members will want to reexamine concepts that were presented at the previous meetings. It is also important for the members of a group discussion to brainstorm ideas or concepts that can be applied in the real world. It is important for all the members within a group discussion to learn these skills. They should know how to make decisions, establish trust, and deal with conflict in a decent way. Not only are these skills important in group discussion, they are helpful for employees. Group Discussion- Selecting Topics for a Discussion The topic that you choose should be one that allows the members to express their own questions or statements. When you present these topics to the group, you will want to present it in the form of a question. In most cases, open-ended questions are best, unless the group needs to learn a specific skill. The questions that you ask should be relevant on multiple levels, and they should engage the members of the group. It is important that the members of the group are able to build on the questions, and everyone should be able to participate. When you ask a question which is related to a topic, give the members a bit of time to think about it. This will allow them to come up with ideas or solutions that can be useful. During group discussion, the topic that is chosen should be something that allows the members of the group to fall back on past knowledge they have gained. Most importantly, the topic that is discussed should allow the members to think. When the group is able to ponder a certain topic, they will be able to come up with important ideas. In addition to the leader, the members should also be allowed to raise their own questions, as long as they are related to the topic. When a member is given a role, it is important for them to accept and follow it. When a group discussion is held in this way, it will be beneficial to everyone who participates in it.
  3. 3. How To Speak Properly During Group Discussions Speech plays an important role in our ability to communicate as humans. This is especially important when we get together in groups. During group discussions, the speech you use can have a powerful impact on the way your message is received by those who listen to you. The cultural background of an individual will also play a role in how they speak. When group discussions are held, there are a number of things you will want to remember about your speech. First, it is important to make sure you speak clearly and everybody should understand you. Because most group discussions are restricted to time, it will become tedious to both you and the other members if you have to repeat what you are saying because they do not understand you. This could be a major problem for someone who is speaking a language that is not their native tongue. When you make a statement, it is important to make sure you speak clearly. It is also important to be concise. Speak in a manner that will allow the other members to understand exactly what you are saying. This should occur the first time you make a statement. It is also important to speak audibly. Everyone should be able to hear what you are saying. If someone has to ask you to speak up, you will be forced to repeat yourself, and this will waste time. If someone makes a statement that you do not understand, ask them to clarify in a polite manner. During group discussions, it isn't just enough to speak eloquently. It is also important to make sure you speak in a proper tone. If you speak in a harsh manner, you can send across the wrong message to others who are participating in the discussion. This could lead to conflicts, and it is important to avoid this. The tone of your voice and the way you speak will say a lot about how you feel about a certain topic, and it will also show how well you can speak. Do's and Don’ts in a Group Discussion When you are participating in a group discussion, there are a number of things you will want to avoid. While doing the right things can allow you to become a valuable member of the group, doing the wrong things can cause you to disrupt the discussion. It is important to avoid putting down the ideas that are presented during the discussion. This is especially important if the group is brainstorming ideas. When you put down ideas that are presented by someone else, you are humiliating them in front of the other members, and you are disrupting the brainstorming process. In addition to this, you can create conflict between you and the person you are ridiculing. Never attack the idea of someone else. It can cause other members to be uneasy about sharing their own ideas, because they may fear being ridiculed. If you don't agree with a statement or idea that has been presented by other another member, address the issue in a polite manner. Instead of attacking their idea directly, why not come up
  4. 4. with a better idea instead? It is also important avoid interrupting other members when they are speaking. This is extremely rude. If you feel the need to interrupt someone while they are speaking, try to interject as politely as you can. In some discussion groups, you may be required to raise your hands after someone has finished making a statement. If someone is interrupted by another person why they are speaking, this could create conflict. When you are given a task to carry out, it is important for you to do it. Remember, the group is a machine, and every part of that machine must work if it is to function properly. The members of the group are the pieces that make up the machine. If you are given a task to perform that must be done before the discussion is held, you will want to make sure it is done properly. If it is not done correctly, it can disrupt the flow of the discussion. It is important for you to offer encouragement to the other members. When you encourage the other members of the group, you will gain their respect, and this will allow them to work harder. Encouragement can build up a group discussion, while discouragement can tear it down. It is important for you to show respect to all the members of the group, and they should show you respect as well. When everyone has a mutual respect for each other, this will stop the conflicts which can completely destroy a discussion. If you are the leader of the group, it is essential for you to make sure the right topic is discussed. It should be something that is important to you and the other members. When this is case, the participants will work hard to make sure important issues are covered. If they are not interested in the topic, it will be hard to get them to focus on it. It is important for leaders to choose topics that will be interesting for others. If you are having a brainstorming phase during the group discussion, do not dismiss any ideas that are presented. Give everyone the time to present ideas that they think can be useful in solving problems. Once the brainstorming session is over, let the group decide which ideas are the best. Strategies ThatCanAllow Your Group DiscussionTo Succeed Group discussions are powerful tools that can allow an organization or company to come up with powerful ideas that were not previously considered. Not only is it a powerful tool, but it is a tool that has a low cost. The members of these discussions could be people who already work for you, or it could be a group of customers who have brought large profits to your company. However, there are a number of strategies you will want to use to make sure your group discussions are successful. First, it is important to make sure you don't reach for too much in one discussion. It is important to make sure you limit the number of questions that are asked. Focus on critical
  5. 5. questions and allow the members to think about them. When you present the group with too many questions, it will reduce their ability to focus on any one of them, and you may not get the results you are looking. If your company has time, it is possible for your organization to hold a large number of meetings. Another thing that you will want to pay attention to is the size of the group. In most cases, the number of people who should be present in a group discussion should be no more than 8 or 9 people. If you have more people than this, they will begin to relate to one another in a collective way. This is not something you want. They must be able to relate to each other. Another problem with having a group that is too large is that certain people may not participate. In order for a group discussion to be successful, everyone must give an equal amount of participation. In small groups of less than 10 people, it will be easy to spot individuals who are not contributing to the discussion. In larger groups, this will be more difficult. Another problem with having a large group is that many of the members will be superficial, and this is something that must be avoided at all costs. It is also important to make sure the discussion is flexible. While it is important to make sure the discussion stays on topic, it should now be so narrow that the members are limited in the ideas they come up. One of the goals of a group discussion is to come up with in depth ideas or strategies. It is not in the best interests of the group to limit the discussion in a way that will stop them from achieving this. It is also important to make sure you use moderators who are qualified. The goal of the moderator is to work with the members on the group and make sure they stay on topic. A good moderator will seek to get input from people who are being too quiet, and they will politely slow down the people who are outspoken. While this may sound easy, it is more challenging than it seems. The moderator should be someone who is skilled with handling this situation. It is also important to make sure the people that you invite to the discussion are qualified. Group discussions will not be useful if they are composed of the wrong people. Picking the right people can be difficult in a large organization that may have hundreds or thousands of employees. However, the people you choose should be connected to the topic that is being discussed. For example, if your company is holding a group discussion on a topic that is related to saving the company money, you will want to hire people who are qualified to speak on this topic. If you are hosting a group discussion on sales, you may want to invite 9 of the best sales people in your company to come up with strategies that can be used by the other employees. Bring in the right people will make the discussion targeted and relevant. Bringing in the wrong people can make it irrelevant. If you are holding group discussion about customer retention, why not invite some of your customers to the meeting? By choosing the right people for your group discussion, you will allow your company to succeed.