How to make group discussions? PART-2

Group behav­ior:

The third para­me­ter which the eval­u­a­tion of a group dis­cus­sion is done is group behav­ior. As dis­cussed ear­lier, unlike in a debate or elo­cu­tion, in a group dis­cus­sion all the par­tic­i­pants are free to speak at all times. Hence, how each per­son inter­acts with the other mem­bers of the group becomes very impor­tant. Even in a real life sit­u­a­tion in an orga­ni­za­tion, all inter­ac­tion is between supe­ri­ors or between super­vi­sors and it is imper­a­tive that every indi­vid­ual is able to other per­son in a mature man­ner. The eval­u­a­tor will be look­ing at this aspect of the participant’s per­son­al­ity. What you need is to exhibit a ratio­nal approach, an adult to adult inte­gra­tion with the other group mem­bers. You should lis­ten to and under­stand the views of the oth­ers and try to inte­grate them with your ideas and then present a cogent pic­ture of the topic.

All this clearly means that actions such as shout­ing to other group mem­bers gain atten­tion and mak­ing snide remarks about oth­ers con­tri­bu­tions will not do any good for you and it will cre­ate bad impres­sion on you. The will only show up as boor­ish and intem­per­ate and this hardly qual­ify you.

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Lead­er­ship qualities:

Par­tic­i­pants who have lead­er­ship qual­i­ties will get rec­og­nized for such abil­i­ties. How­ever, you should remem­ber that lead­er­ship does not mean speak­ing loud­est in the group. Lead­er­ship means show­ing direc­tion to the group. An ideal leader is not the per­son who speaks the most in the group but is the per­son who is spo­ken to the most.

It is not pos­si­ble for all mem­bers of a group to dis­play the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. If you get an oppor­tu­nity to lead the team then you can do so. How­ever, do not try to go out of your way to estab­lish your­self as a leader. It is quite ade­quate if you are able to dis­play your knowl­edge. Com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively and behave maturely with the team members.

Remem­ber that the mod­er­a­tor in a group dis­cus­sion is look­ing for a per­son with bal­anced think­ing. Never get emo­tional about the topic or any part of the dis­cus­sion. What­ever your views are and how­ever strongly you may hold such views, what is required in a group dis­cus­sion is an objec­tive and bal­anced approach.

One more impor­tant rule is you are not there to make pol­icy deci­sions for the gov­ern­ment nor you are there to con­vince all with your opin­ion. You are only there to con­tribute to the group in a man­ner that con­vinces the mod­er­a­tor that you will make a good stu­dent at his\her man­age­ment school. Every­thing that you say or do should keep this all impor­tant matters.

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