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An effective communication is a vital key to a suc-
cessful group discussion. Remember you are not the
only one speaking in the group discussion; there are
other participants as well who are vying for the lime-
light. You might get only a single chance, and you
just can t afford to miss the opportunity to create
that first impression, and as they say first impression
is the last impression. An individual might have com-
plete knowledge about the topic assigned to his group,
might be well aware of what is happening around
him, but if he can t effectively communicate his ideas
to others, he will fail to create his mark. The way an
individual communicates his ideas has to be very
impressive for him to live up to the expectations of
the deciding authorities.
Let us understand this real life situation
Teddy appeared for an interview with a reputed
media house. He had been eyeing for this company
for quite a long time. He fared extremely well in the
face to face rounds and was looking forward to getting
selected in the organisation. Unfortunately something
else was in store for him. He could not get through
the GD Round. He was exceptionally good in aca-
demics, had a healthy professional background and
even expressed his ideas in his best possible way in
the group discussion. Why did he then fail ?
The problem was in his communication level. He
did try his level best but failed to impress the inter-
viewer and thus lost out on his dream job.
Effective communication is the backbone of a suc-
cessful group discussion.
Converting your thoughts into words is an art and
one has to master it to win over the trust and con-
fidence of the assessor. One has to very sensibly and
carefully choose the right words to share his thoughts
with the other participants and make his points clear.
Never use slangs, instead go for some corporate
jargons or professional terminologies for the desired
edge. Also avoid cracking jokes in between as it is
considered highly unprofessional. An individual must
not stammer in between or chew half of his words.
Speak clearly and your voice must never be shaky.
There is no one who will beat you there, so why to
get afraid of a group discussion ?
Keep a positive attitude. No one will ever deduct
your marks if you greet your fellow participants well.
Use warm greetings and never forget the handshake
on meeting. These gestures actually help in breaking
the ice and create a bond among the participants.
Someone has to begin the discussion, so why not
you? Take the initiative and start the discussion.
Introduce yourself and your team members well.Never
believe in personal favours. If any participant is
unwilling to speak, do not force him unnecessarily.
If someone has spoken well do not hesitate to give
him a pat on his back. Such non verbal communi-
cations sometimes go a long way in boosting the
morale and self confidence of the participants. Be
very confident to win over the trust of the interviewer
as well as the other participants.
The pitch and tone must also be taken good care
of. You are speaking not for yourself, but for others
to listen and respond. Always ensure that you are
audible to one and all. Every participant must be
able to hear you clearly and understand what you
intend to convey.
An individual must also learn the art of voice mod-
ulation. Don t keep the same pitch always; learn to
play with your tone as per the importance of the
word or the sentence. If you want to raise a question
to your fellow participants, it must also reflect in
your voice. Avoid shouting or being too loud in group
discussions. You are here to voice your opinion, not
for fighting. Keep your voice polite, soft but con-
vincing. Never sound unintelligent or foolish, as the
interviewer has a constant eye on you. Do take care
of your punctuation marks and the flow of words.
It is no harm to take pauses or breaths in between
sentences. Never repeat sentences as it will lead to
monotony and others will tend to ignore you. Don t
just speak for the sake of speaking.
Continued on Page B8
Role of communication
in group discussion
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