Group discussion is a vital part of the selection process in many organizations. It is a platform where the panelists can assess the communication and interpersonal skills of the candidates. In a group discussion, all the participants are given a topic to discuss and debate upon. The group discussion is usually led by a moderator who oversees the flow of the discussion.
The success of a group discussion depends on the ability of the participants to put forth their views coherently and confidently.
Tips to improve your group discussion skills
Make a strong opening statement
The opening statement is the first impression you make on the rest of the group, so make it count! Start by introducing yourself and your topic, then give a brief overview of your argument. Be assertive and confident, without being too aggressive.
Make a positive and lasting first impression
When you first enter a group discussion, it is important to make a good impression on the panelists and moderators. This will give them a positive impression of you and make it more likely that they will want to hear you.
Speak up confidently
No matter how good or bad your idea is, or whether you are in favor or against a particular topic, always speak up confidently in a group discussion. If you hesitate or mumble, others will not take you seriously and snatch your chance.
Make eye contact
When you are speaking, make sure to make eye contact with the other members of the group. This will show that you are confident and sincere.
Be an active listener, listen carefully
In order to make your point effectively, you need to be an active listener. Pay attention to what others are saying and look for opportunities to talk about your views.
Group discussions can sometimes get heated. It is important to be respectful of other people’s opinions, even if you do not agree with them.
A group discussion can quickly become chaotic if it is not well-organized. Make sure to have a plan for the discussion and keep the discussion moving forward.
Group discussions can be unpredictable. Make sure to be prepared for anything that might come up.
Don’t be repetitive
Do not simply repeat what has already been said, present your own opinions, or add more supportive details about the topics.