Published on June 30, 2009
GROUP DISCUSSION: GROUP DISCUSSION V.MOHANASUNDARAM, MBA.,M.PHIL.,(Ph.D) VIVEKANANDHA INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY FOR WOMEN, TIRUCHENGODE “Good things grow from small foundations”: “Good things grow from small foundations” GROUP: GROUP A Group is three or more persons whose interaction causes and assists learning . GROUP DISCUSSION: GROUP DISCUSSION A Group Discussion is an activity where group members learn through communicating and interacting with each other. GROUP STRUCTURE: GROUP STRUCTURE Group Structure is the number composition and organization of the people who from the group INFORMAL AND GROUP DISCUSSION: INFORMAL AND GROUP DISCUSSION FORMAL GROUP DISCUSSION SIMILARITIES BETWEEN INFORMAL AND FORMAL GROUP DISCUSSION: SIMILARITIES BETWEEN INFORMAL AND FORMAL GROUP DISCUSSION BOTH TYPE OF GD INVOLVE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS BOTH TYPE OF GD RELATE TO SOME TOPIC. IN BOTH TYPE OF GD NO LEADER IS APPOINTED. IN BOTH TYPE OF GD YOU ARE FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS. IN BOTH TYPE OF GD YOU MAY AGREE OR DIS AGREE WITH OTHER PERSONS VIEW. IN BOTH TYPE OF GD YOU CAN SPEAK WHEN EVER YOU WANT. WHY DO THEY CONDUCT GROUP DISCUSSION: WHY DO THEY CONDUCT GROUP DISCUSSION To check the potential of the candidates to work in a team. Number of persons with temperaments and different field of specialization. To test your ability to co-exist with others. To test of your interactive skills and how good you are communicating with other people. ( The discussion involves an exchange of thoughts and ideas among members of the group) GROUP SIZE: GROUP SIZE The group size varies between 8 to 10 persons. They are allotted roll numbers or chest numbers so that the evaluator may identify them while evaluating them. Members of the groups are seated in circle or semi circle in the sequence of their roll numbers or chest members. Who monitor the discussion?: Who monitor the discussion? An officer, usually known as evaluator or group testing officer monitors the discussion. ***** Who select the topic of discussion? What type of topic is given? What is the time limit for discussion? TYPE OF GROUP MEMBERS YOU MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH: TYPE OF GROUP MEMBERS YOU MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH Quarrelsome person Self – centered ( How to spot them) They block the group discussion They are attention seekers They are dominating in nature Leaders ( How to spot them) They initiate group discussion They encourage others to speak They are good speakers They clarify others points They lead the group discussion in proper direction WHAT DO THEY JUDGE IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION?: WHAT DO THEY JUDGE IN THE GROUP DISCUSSION? Managerial skills Leadership skills Communication skills Persuasive skills Interpersonal skills HOW TO INTERUPT OTHERS SKILLFULLY (Interrupt using the following words): HOW TO INTERUPT OTHERS SKILLFULLY (Interrupt using the following words) That’s good! However………. I agree. In addition……. That’s a great idea. But….. I am glad that you have brought about this. In fact……. You are on the right track. Another important point …. This point need further elaboration……. Very correct. But I would add that……. That is right. But sometimes Fine You said it! That is it! NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING WORDS TO INTERRUPT: NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING WORDS TO INTERRUPT That will never work…. That idea is not a practical one….. You are wrong….. You do not know what you are talking about…. That is ridiculous……. What are you talking about? Why are you so confused? We are talking about something else……. HOW TO HANDLE AWKWARD SITUATIONS: HOW TO HANDLE AWKWARD SITUATIONS No idea about the topic Unanswerable questions Side conversation Repetition Irrelevant discussion When someone is interrupting you again and again When someone refutes your statement COMMON MISTAKES AT GROUP DISCUSSION: COMMON MISTAKES AT GROUP DISCUSSION More Quantity but no Quality. Uncontrolled emotions. Showing off Excessive Knowledge. He got Noticed – But for the wrong reasons. He failed to manage his insecurities. Excuse me! TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN GD: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN GD Always enter with a pen and paper. Always enter the group and not an individual. Encourage the person who wants to speak. Do not encourage the persons who doesn’t want to speak. Listen to others. Display original ideas. Interrupt only by agreeing and never by disagreeing. Do not speak too less or too much. Keep your cool Slide18: Respect contrary view point Do not try to appoint a leader. Utilize the time efficiently. Difficulty presents an opportunity. Be different. Find the remedy. Slide19: LUCKY means who get the opportunity! BRILLIANT means who create the opportunity! WINNER means who use the opportunity! BE A WINNER – All the Best.