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Tips to get ready for Group Discussion
A discussion group is an online forum for individuals to discuss various topics amongst each other.
1. Adequate matter/ Subject matter is essential
You should have subject knowledge and be well aware of the latest happenings around you, not just in India but around the world as well. To be in a better position, make sure that you have in-depth knowledge on the subject. Subject knowledge is a compulsions while you are preparing for a group discussion because you will then have the power to steer the conversation to whichever direction you want to. If you can memorize some relevant data, it will be an added advantage.
2. Make Sure you Read Widely
Being an great reader will help you in group discussions. Last minute preparations you are strictly a no no, while you are preparing for group discussions. You should read over a period of time. Reading not only adds to your knowledge database, but enhances your vocabulary skills as well. Plus reading over a period of time, helps in your understanding of a particular subject/ topic better.
3. Choose Magazines that are Rich in Content
Always prefer for magazines that are content rich and not just full of advertisements. Often magazines have columns which are promoting a particular institute etc. Avoid such magazines, do some research and buy the best that will be beneficial for you in the long run.
4. Be Aware of Topics that are Repeated
Often, there are topics which re-appear with minute changes and minor variations. Be aware of such topics well in advance so that you have ample time to prepare for the same. For example the issues of terrorism, gender inequality, poverty, Ayodhya conflict, liberalization and privatization, reservations in educational institutions etc often appear as GD topics. Make sure you know these topics well and can come up with some unique, insightful points along with dates, stating facts.
5. Work on your Communication Skills
You should be well intellectual in your communication skills. You should have a good vocabulary and a decent command over English. Much before your actual group discussion, rehearse well. You can sit with a group of friends and choose a topic and need in a friendly banter. Not only will this increase your knowledge, you will be a better speaker by the time it is time for your GD.
6. Listen to the Topic Given During GD Carefully
Listen to the topic carefully and understand it... Be alert and careful. Sometimes, the topic may be really simple but the manner in which it is presented to you, can be delaying. The first thing that you should do after hearing the topic is by structuring it on the sheet that is given to you to make notes. Make a rough sketch of the points that you would like to speak aloud. You will be at an advantage if you open the discussion, but then beware of what you speak. Deviating from the main topic, or passing strong statements like
7. Try and Maintain a Balance in your Tone
Besides what you are saying, remember that the panelists are observing your body language as well. If you do not agree with the other student
8. Listening Skills are Essential
Carefully listen to what others have to say. Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn
9. Body Gestures are very Important
?The panelists observe the way you sit and react in the course of the discussion. . Body gestures are very important, because your body language says a lot about you.In a GD, sit straight, avoid leaning back on to the chair or knocking the table with pen or your fingers. Also, do not get thoughtless easily. For example, if the door in room you are sitting in opens, do not look back to see who it is , this will show how sincere you are?.
10. Be the first and also the Last to Speak
carefully listen to what others have to say. Just speaking throughout the discussion doesn
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