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How to Crack GD

Group Discussion or GD is the stepping stone to get closer to you Dream Institution

Basic purpose of GD is to evaluate the traits which are essential to be in a good Manager. We all know the role a Group Discussion plays to get admission to a college and good performance in GD assures you a birth in good Institution. So we are going  to  discuss some common mistake and the way to handle it.

Common Mistakes in a Group Discussion (GD)

  1. Swaying away in emotions.
  2. Talking too much
  3. Egotism or showing off – fake figures and information
  4. Grabbing Attention (most of it arises from the desire to be the first, and hence acts in the wrong way)
  5. Nervousness

Now that we are aware of the common mistakes during a Group Discussion, let’s look at the things that we should do at the time of a Group Discussion (GD). These tips for a successful GD will not only up your chances of getting ahead of your fellow participants, but also give you the huge advantage of being noticed by the panelists for your sheer compatibility.

Things to Do during a Group Discussion (GD)

  1.  Speak pleasantly and politely to the group.
  2. Respect and recognize the contribution of every member (and show it with a nod or a smile!)
  3. Agree and acknowledge whatever you find interesting
  4. Disagree politely because it’s a discussion and not an argument! Be firm but gracious
  5. Do a mental revision of what you are going to say. Think of how you can best answer the question or contribute to the topic
  6. Stick to the theme of discussion and not wander into other discussion / irrelevant information

Important Points to Remember in a GD

  1. Communication skills – listen and then talk, be precise and clear and let others speak. Try to get command over your language skills.
  2. Knowledge and ideas – Keep yourself informed about the happening around you. Newspaper and magazine can be handy for this.
  3. Leadership traits – Capability to co-ordinate and lead – display tactics, skill; have knowledge and understanding on varied topics and motivate & influence others
  4. Exchange of thoughts – listen first, articulate well, lead the discussion and treat every member with respect
  5. Addressing the group as a whole – dress conservatively, use formal and simple language to address the group and maintain group discussion etiquette
  6. Thorough preparations – read voraciously, so that your thoughts come to you naturally

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