Group Discussion like an interview is essentially a conversation, not as some consider, an argument. You could find yourself in a group discussion situation any where- informally in your club or peer group, talking casually about a film you liked, a hobby you pursue or a passion you have; or you could be a part of a formal group in your organization where you might be discussing some very important business strategy or trouble shooting. Most job seeking individuals, though, have come to associate GD with the methodology designed by employers to ascertain certain personality traits and skills like initiative, ability to work in a team, communication skills, reasoning ability, leadership skills, assertiveness and the ability to get along with other people, in a candidate.
At the root of acquiring proficiency in Group Discussion lies a basic understanding of the common sense rules of conversation skills. Speech is not the only way of expression but it certainly is a very important form of communication. Every time we speak, we reveal something about ourselves to someone else – not just in what we say, but how we say it.
So the number one guideline for effective conversation is to speak clearly and speak sincerely. If what you have to say is important to others you will never have to shout to be heard. Learn to make yourself heard without shouting, interrupting or talking over others. Empathy is the word. If you put others before your self you will never have problem being heard. Say what you think and how you feel, but say it without hurting others’ feelings. Unless we hone our conversation skills we will never be good at group discussions.
Some conversation do’s and don’ts:
Some words you could do well to use in your conversation
…And some blunders we must avoid in conversation
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