10 things to succeed in Group Discussion
Following are some of the things which you must take care off to succeed in the
Make a habit of reading voraciously on every subject. This will keep you ready
for any topic for a discussion in GD Your knowledge is your most important
weapon in a discussion.
Initiate the discussion
Most of us have a misconception that initiating the discussion would give you an
advantage over others. It does give you an advantage but only if you know the
subject well and have something relevant to start the discussion otherwise it
is a disadvantage.
For e.g. When a group was given a subject “Is Capital punishment right?” some
members of the group heard the word punishment and jumped at starting the
discussion with out understanding the meaning of Capital Punishment. The
evaluators kept hearing for 2 minutes after which they intervened and asked the
group if they knew the meaning of Capital Punishment. Not to say, the members
who initiated were quite looking at each other’s faces. That is when a quite
member of the group got up and explained the meaning of the topic. From this
incidence, you can easily tell who must have succeeded in the GD, the ones who
initiated the discussion or the one who explained the topic and gave it a right
They say, “Speaking just for the sake of speaking is noise”. So, don’t create
noise in the GD rather make some useful and resourceful contributions to get
noticed in the discussion.
Speak politely and pleasantly
As you speak make sure that you do not speak at the top of your voice. You
should be audible and clear. Remember that you are participating in a
discussion which is different from a speech given out by the leaders in their
rallies. Even if you disagree with the other’s point of view, disagree
politely. Use phrases like, I would like to disagree a bit here, I am sorry but
I think I have a slightly different point of view here.
Abstain from using irrelevant information and data from your talks during a GD
Speak precisely so that others also get a chance to put across their point of
Acquire and apply knowledge
Stay attentive to the ideas put forward by other group members and keep writing
the important points discussed during the GD As you get a chance to speak, put
forward your views about the topic. You can also agree or disagree with other’s
ideas, based on your knowledge about the subject.
Agree with the right
Don’t take a stand on either extreme when the discussion begins. It might happen
that you get convinced by other’s argument and want to change your stand.
Respect other’s opinion as well and agree with what is right, even if you
initially had a different opinion.
Maintain your confidence as you speak. Establish eye contact with other members
of the group and do not let your voice tremble.
Try to moderate the discussion if any arguments arise. This is necessary to
ensure that the group doesn’t wander from the goal of the GD
Use positive body language
Your body language should not demonstrate dominance or low self confidence. Show
your interest in the discussion through your gestures like bending forward a
bit, nodding your head.
Be a team player
Last but not the least, be a team player as this is a group activity. Be
comfortable with the group members and vice versa.