Dos and don’ts of GD, Group Discussion

Dos and Don’ts of participating in Group Discussion

As you have to participate in a Group Discussion. several questions spring across your mind. You want to know what actions and gestures can get you positive points and what can cost you the selection. Here’s a list of Dos and Don’ts of participating in the GD.

Dos of participating in a GD:
  • Listen to the subject carefully
  • Put down your thoughts on a paper
  • Initiate the discussion if you know the subject well
  • Listen to others if you don’t know the subject
  • Support you point with some facts and figures
  • Make short contribution of 25-30 seconds 3-4 times
  • Give others a chance to speak
  • Speak politely and pleasantly. Respect contribution from other members.
  • Disagree politely and agree with what is right.
  • Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached a conclusion.
Don’ts of participating in a Group Discussion
  • Initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient knowledge about the given topic.
  • Over speak, intervene and snatch other’s chance to speak.
  • Argue and shout during the GD
  • Look at the evaluators or a particular group member
  • Talk irrelevant things and distract the discussion
  • Pose negative body gestures like touching the nose, leaning back on the chair, knocking the table with a pen etc.
  • Mention erratic statistics.
  • Display low self confidence with shaky voice and trembling hands.
  • Try to dominate the discussion
  • Put others in an embarrassing situation by asking them to speak if they don’t want.
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Good suggestions. Keep it up
Neeraj Jha 10-14-2020
Thanks for the clear information
Abinazim 11-15-2019
If some one begins and talks a lot strongly and another one tries to interrupts, but that 1st person claims to give her chance to complete and another one stops there.
Here my question is when to jump back again?
Samantara 08-13-2019
When one group member is dominating n trying to dominate others in such cases discussion gets boring because they wont listen others.
Jaya Priyadarshini 11-30-2016
about gd
if all others start with positive points then is it good start with negative point even if it valid for the topic
Can we disagree with someone s statement directly?
Can we disagree with someone s statement directly?
Sushant Bhalla 08-25-2015
Group Discussion
Most of the candidates believe that "One who speaks most in the GD, wins." However, they forget that it is a group activity where everyone must be given a chance. The one who tries to dominate, looses.

Thanks for clearing the misconception.
Ashutosh 11-8-2011
Speak and let others speak
Write down your views and make small contributions many times. A group discussion is not a speech where only one person has to speak. So, let others also speak.
Venkatesh 11-8-2011