Group Discussion

 

Here are some of the most important personality traits that a candidate should possess to do well at a Group Discussion:

 

ü      Team Player.

ü      Reasoning Ability

ü      Leadership

There are three types of situations that can arise in a Group Discussion:

Caution: Being a mere coordinator in a Group Discussion does not help, because it is a secondary role.  Contribute to the Group Discussion with your ideas and opinions, but also try and steer the conversation towards a goal.

ü      Flexibility

ü      Assertiveness

Aggressiveness is all about forcing your point on the other person, and can be a threat to the group. An aggressive person can also demonstrate negative body language, whereas an assertive person displays positive body language.

ü      Initiative

Remember: You never ever get a second chance to create a first impression.

 

ü      Creativity/out of the box thinking

ü      Inspiring ability

ü      Listening

ü      Awareness

Caution: The content or awareness generally constitutes 40 to 50 percent marks of your Group Discussion.

 

 

A group discussion can be categorically divided into three different phases:

a.       Initiation/ Introduction

b.      Body of the group discussion

c.       Summarization/ Conclusion

 

There are different techniques to initiate a Group Discussion and make a good first impression:

a.       Quote

b.      Definition

c.        Question

d.      Shock statement

e.       Facts, figures and statistics

f.        Short story

g.       General statement

 

Sample Topics:

  • The pros and cons of having a credit card.
  • International trade barriers work.
  • Direct mail is a special form of junk mail.
  • The pros and cons of a female President.
  • Online dating chats have nothing to do with a search for a soul mate.
  • Bigamy
  • Vegetarianism
  • Recycling
  • Minimum Wage – Why should we have a minimum wage or why not?
  • Education in India – or the lack of it
  • Obama and India
  • Hopes for 60th Republic Day
  • Quality is a myth in India.
  • if there were no armies in the world……
  • Kids today are not what they used to be
  • Casteless India – A pipe dream
  • Should Trade Unionism be banned in India?
  • Repeated elections – Should taxpayers pay for it?
  • Indian bureaucracy – foundation strengths or colonial hangovers?
  • In India, the whole is less than the parts – Do we lack in team spirit?
  • Generation X – Drivers of our future or are they our lost souls?
  • Do we need a cut in the defense budget?
  • “Dot.com” companies – Is there room for everyone?
  • Artificial Intelligence – Will man be ever replaced by machines?
  • If I were to choose my person of the millennium…
  • The entire world is a stage….
  • If Patel were our first Prime Minister…….
  • Materialism – Have we sold our souls to the Devil?
  • You’ve come a long way, baby – The rise and rise of feminist power.
  • Role of ethics in tobacco industry, liquor industry etc.
  • Should gambling be legalized in India?
  • Are we unfit for Democracy?
  • Are beauty pageants necessary?
  • The relevance of Gandhism today
  • Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience
  • Democracy is hampering India progress
  • MBA in India is highly overrated.
  • Is Globalization Really Necessary?
  • The Wheel is Turning Round and Round
  • Do Beauty and Brains Go Together?
  • Media is a mixed blessing/How ethical is media?
  • Is the business of business only business?
  • Commercialization of health care: Good or Bad ?
  • Our Culture is Decaying
  • Kaun Banega Crorepati is less about knowledge but more about money and personality.
  • Beauty contests degrade womanhood
  • Should the public sector be privatized?
  • The impact of MTV on our psyche
  • A ship docked in harbor cannot face the storms
  • Marriage is a social trap
  • Just as we have smoke free zones, we should have child free zones
  • There is no right way to do a wrong thing
  • To fight AIDS, stop being coy about sex education.
  • Is the business of business only business?
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