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Group Discussion 230813

  1. 1. Group Discussion
  2. 2. Why Group Discussion?  Managing a real life situation  Ability to work in a team  Interpersonal qualities  Listening and probing skills  Communication skills  Clarity of thought  Conflict handling  Knowledge about subject and individual point of view  Ability to create a consensus  Openess and flexibility towards new ideas
  3. 3. Structure of a GD:  Initiation  Body of the group discussion  Summarization/conclusion
  4. 4. Initiation Techniques:       Quotes Definition Question Facts figures and statistics Short story General statement
  5. 5. Quotes:  Topic: should the censor board be abolished? “Hidden apples are always sweet” Topic: customer is king  There is only one boss-the customer. He can fire everybody in the company from the chairman or down the line, by simply spending his money somewhere else. (Sam Walton-wall mart)
  6. 6. Definition: Topic: Advertising is a diplomatic way of telling a lie  Any paid form of non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas, goods or services through mass media like news papers, magazines, television by an identified sponsor.
  7. 7. Question:  Does not signify asking a question to hamper the flow or insulting a participant  Implies asking a question and answering it yourself Topic: should India go to war with Pakistan?  what does war bring to the people of the nation? we have had four clashes with Pakistan. The pertinent question is “what have we achieved?
  8. 8. Facts, Figures and Statistics:  Make sure you quote them accurately.  Wrong facts works to your disadvantage.  Approximation allowed on macro figures (70% of Indian population stays in villages)  No approximation on micro figures. They have to be correct and accurate.( Do not say 30 states of India instead of 29)
  9. 9. Short story: Topic: Attitude is everything  A boy once asked a balloon vendor selling helium filled balloons. Which one will go high in sky-the blue balloon or the red balloon? The balloon vendor answered: It is not the color of the balloon, but what is inside that makes it go high.
  10. 10. General statement: Topic: Should Sonia Gandhi be the prime minister of India?  Before jumping into conclusions, let us first analyze the qualities a prime minister must possess. Then we will compare these with qualities Ms.Gandhi possesses. This will help us reach a conclusion.
  11. 11. But ….  Initiating GD is a high profit – high loss strategy.  Initiator has the responsibility of putting the GD in the right perspective or frame work.
  12. 12. Summarization techniques:  GD’s do not really have conclusions. It is summarized.  Avoid raising new points Avoid stating only your view point Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of GD Keep it brief and concise Incorporate all important points which came out during GD. Do not add anything else once the GD is summarized.     
  13. 13. Tips:  Sound knowledge on topics like politics, finance, economy, science and technology. (Good reading habits).  Clarity in speech and expression.  Better not to initiate if you are not sure on the topic of discussion (Wait and watch attitude)  Use simple, direct and straight forward language. Avoid slang.
  14. 14. Tips:  Do not try to be someone you are not.  Organize your thoughts. Think of what you are going to say.  Do not lose your cool if any one says anything you object to.  GD is not a debating stage.  Maintain Rapport with fellow participants.  Communicate with each and every candidate present. Address the entire group
  15. 15. Positive task roles in a GD:            Initiator Information seeker Information giver Procedure facilitator Tension Reliever Opinion seeker Opinion giver Clarifier Energizer Compromiser Summarizer
  16. 16. Negative roles to be avoided:      Disgruntled non-participant Attacker Dominator Patronizer Clown
  17. 17. GD mistakes:  Emotional outburst: Case study: Rashmi was offended when one of the male participants in a group discussion made a statement on women generally being submissive while explaining his point of view. When Rashmi finally got an opportunity to speak, instead of focusing on the topic, she vented her anger by accusing the other candidate for being a male chauvinist and went on to defend women in general  Immature and de-motivating behavior
  18. 18. GD mistakes:  Quality Vs Quantity Case study:Gautam believed that the more he talked, the more likely he was to get through the GD. So, he interrupted other people at every opportunity. He did this so often that the other candidates got together to prevent him from participating in the rest of the discussion.   He is not a team player Mantra is “Contributing meaningfully to the team's success”
  19. 19. GD mistakes:  Egotism show off: Case study: Krishna was happy to have got a group discussion topic he had prepared for. So, he took pains to project his vast knowledge of the topic. Every other sentence of his contained statistical data - "20% of companies; 24.27% of parliamentarians felt that; Soon, the rest of the team ignored his attempts to enlighten them as they perceived that he was cooking up the data.   Self centered inability to work in an atmosphere where different opinions are expressed.
  20. 20. GD mistakes:  Managing one’s insecurities: Case study: Sumati was very nervous. She thought that some of the other candidates were exceptionally good. Thanks to her insecurity, she contributed little to the discussion. Even when she was asked to comment on a particular point, she preferred to remain silent.  You are the participant in the GD; not the evaluator. So participate in GD.  Low confidence level.
  21. 21. FAQs:  How do I take my chance to speak?  Do not interrupt others while speaking.  Maintain eye contact with the speaker.  Gauge from his eye movements and pitch of his voice when he is about to close his inputs.  Quickly take it from there.  Try to link your inputs with what he has spoken by adding to or opposing his arguments
  22. 22. FAQs:  Do leadership skills include moderating the GD?  Ordering people when to speak and when not to reflect,s poor leadership.  Do not be a self appointed moderator in the group  Leadership in a GD - reflected by your clarity of thought, ability to expand the topic in its different dimensions, listening to others and probing them to provide more information.
  23. 23. FAQs:  Quantity Vs Quality  Success in GD doesn’t depend on how loudly you speak  Express your views in the group clearly.  Knowledge and participation in group matters.
  24. 24. Remember…  Do not spend time thinking about how others are superior or inferior to you  Organize your thoughts before you speak  Keep cool  Confidence  Be yourself  Focus
  25. 25. Thank you