In an Interview conducted by Jagranjosh.com, Karishma Gaur, English Language Expert (CELTA Certified) provides valuable insights on Do’s and don’ts while starting a Group Discussion
Key points Discussed in the Video:
You feel nervous in a Group Discussion because you are:
Do’s of a Group Discussion
- Maintain your body language (keep a careful check on it)
- Remember: What we think we do with our face, approximately 20% of it shows to the other person
- Be a bigger person, don’t be mean to other at the point of discussion
- Keep in check your tone and voice modulation
- Address other people sitting with you in a GD as “My fellow Speaker”. Your tone of how you address the things will set the tone for regarding “how others think of you”
- Small expressions (Fillers) such as: “Oh! I don’t agree”; “I agree”; “I do agree”; “thank you very much” can be considered as both sarcastic and sincere appreciation. Use them to fill the gaps in sentences or to acknowledge something someone said.
- Be candid and spontaneous at the time of Group Discussion
- When you run out of the content during discussion, be an active listener and listen to your fellow participants. Gather information from the inputs provided by others and contribute rightfully
- Practice content manipulation of agreeing with people if you are not aware of it
Don’t(s) of a Group Discussion
- Do not expose/exhibit specific expressions
- If someone says something which is generally less acceptable on some issue, it can make you angered or annoyed:
- Skill: Not to reach out to them right there and then,
- Remember: By being aggressive you won’t be able to change the opinion/belief of the other person
- Do not try to correct or change the belief of the other person there and then. Just move on with the flow of the discussion
- Do not address your GD fellows as “Sir” or “Ma’am/Madam”. It addressed to those people who are senior to us in “age”. You might sound a little satirical.
- Do not rely on quotations or speeches made by famous people
- Do not tailor comments to forcefully fit into any topic. It sounds artificial
Takeaway: In Group discussion, it is not always about how much you know but about what you make with what you know!