In an Interview conducted by Jagranjosh.com, Karishma Gaur, English Language Expert (CELTA Certified) provides tips on how to Enter GD when others are speaking!
Key points Discussed in the Video:
Issues faced by the Group Discussion participants
This is how you should put forward your point of discussion:
- Navigate the discussion
- Choose appropriate timing to enter in the discussion
- Do no leave a lot of time for follow up questions
- Do not take or assume lot of time so that other person cross-questions you
- Do not let the other person to speak for long stretches of time just because you do not have anything substantial to share
Learn to distinguish between Interrupting and Interjecting
- Raising your hand or showing hand gestures to stop the other person from speaking
- Saying rejoinders such as “yes, excuse me, but”; “yes but”; “well I agree but”; “Let me ask you this”; “let me say now that”
- “Excuse me” is considered as rude and sarcastic way to cut off someone’s discussion. So avoid using it.
Takeaway: Do not use such gestures to interrupt in the discussion as they can offend the speaker
- Using the rejoinders in a polite manner, even if you wish to interrupt the other person
- Speaking lines such as “That was a great point and I would like to add that”
- If you wish to contradict, then putting your disagreement by speaking “that was really well put, however…”
Takeaway: Nobody would feel offensive, when you would interject in between the discussion. You would even make other person feel interested in listening to your opinion (content) as well
WHEN TO INTERJECT:
Step 1: Wait for the other person to wind up their point.
Step 2: Then speak some polite line to enter into the discussion as discussed above.