1. Initiation Techniques

  2. Body of the group discussion

  3. Summarization/ Conclusion

Initiation Techniques

  • Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss strategy.

    When you initiate a GD, you not only grab the opportunity to speak, you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates.

    If you can make a favourable first impression with your content and communication skills after you initiate a GD, it will help you sail through the discussion.

    But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures, the damage might be irreparable.

    If you initiate a GD impeccably but don’t speak much after that, it gives the impression that you started the GD for the sake of starting it or getting those initial kitty of points earmarked for an initiator!

    When you start a GD, you are responsible for putting it into the right perspective or framework. So initiate one only if you have in-depth knowledge about the topic at hand.

Body of the group discussion

  • Different techniques to initiate a GD and make a good first impression:

    i. Quotes
    ii. Definition
    iii. Question
    iv. Shock statement
    v. Facts, figures and statistics
    vi. Short story
    vii. General statement

    i. Quotes

    Quotes are an effective way of initiating a GD.

    If the topic of a GD is: Should the Censor Board be abolished?, you could start with a quote like, ‘Hidden apples are always sweet’.

    For a GD topic like, Customer is King, you could quote Sam (Wall-mart) Walton’s famous saying, ‘There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company — from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.’

    ii. Definition

    Start a GD by defining the topic or an important term in the topic.

    For example, if the topic of the GD is Advertising is a Diplomatic Way of Telling a Lie, why not start the GD by defining advertising as, ‘Any paid form of non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas, goods or services through mass media like newspapers, magazines, television or radio by an identified sponsor’?

    For a topic like The Malthusian Economic Prophecy is no longer relevant, you could start by explaining the definition of the Malthusian Economic Prophecy.

    iii. Question

    Asking a question is an impact way of starting a GD.

    It does not signify asking a question to any of the candidates in a GD so as to hamper the flow. It implies asking a question, and answering it yourself.

    Any question that might hamper the flow of a GD or insult a participant or play devil’s advocate must be discouraged.

    Questions that promote a flow of ideas are always appreciated.

    For a topic like, Should India go to war with Pakistan, you could start by asking, ‘What does war bring to the people of a nation? We have had four clashes with Pakistan. The pertinent question is: what have we achieved?’

    iv. Shock statement

    Initiating a GD with a shocking statement is the best way to grab immediate attention and put forth your point.

    If a GD topic is, The Impact of Population on the Indian Economy, you could start with, ‘At the centre of the Indian capital stands a population clock that ticks away relentlessly. It tracks 33 births a minute, 2,000 an hour, 48,000 a day. Which calculates to about 12 million every year. That is roughly the size of Australia. As a current political slogan puts it, ‘Nothing’s impossible when 1 billion Indians work together’.’

    v. Facts, figures and statistics

    If you decide to initiate your GD with facts, figure and statistics, make sure to quote them accurately.

    Approximation is allowed in macro level figures, but micro level figures need to be correct and accurate.

    For example, you can say, approximately 70 per cent of the Indian population stays in rural areas (macro figures, approximation allowed).

    But you cannot say 30 states of India instead of 28 (micro figures, no approximations).

    Stating wrong facts works to your disadvantage.

    For a GD topic like, China, a Rising Tiger, you could start with, ‘In 1983, when China was still in its initial stages of reform and opening up, China’s real use of Foreign Direct Investment only stood at $636 million. China actually utilized $60 billion of FID in 2004, which is almost 100 times that of its 1983 statistics.”

    vi. Short story

    Use a short story in a GD topic like, Attitude is Everything.

    This can be initiated with, ‘A child once asked a balloon vendor, who was selling helium gas-filled balloons, whether a blue-colored balloon will go as high in the sky as a green-colored balloon. The balloon vendor told the child, it is not the color of the balloon but what is inside it that makes it go high.’

    vii. General statement

    Use a general statement to put the GD in proper perspective.

    For example, if the topic is, Should Sonia Gandhi be the prime minister of India?, you could start by saying, ‘Before jumping to conclusions like, ‘Yes, Sonia Gandhi should be’, or ‘No, Sonia Gandhi should not be’, let’s first find out the qualities one needs to be a a good prime minister of India. Then we can compare these qualities with those that Mrs. Gandhi possesses. This will help us reach the conclusion in a more objective and effective manner.’

Summarization/ Conclusion

  • Most GD do not really have conclusions. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favor or against the topic.

  • But every GD is summarized. You can summaries what the group has discussed in the GD in a nutshell.

    Keep the following points in mind while summarizing a discussion:

  1. Avoid raising new points.

  2. Avoid stating only your viewpoint.

  3. Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD.

  4. Keep it brief and concise.

  5. It must incorporate all the important points that came out during the GD.

  6. If the examiner asks you to summaries a GD, it means the GD has come to an end.

  7. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarized.


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