How to Prepare for Attending a Group Discussion

How to Prepare for Attending a Group Discussion

Group Discussion or the GD have become a commonplace in today’s selection process whether it is for a job selection or for getting admission to a top rated college or university. If you have applied to organizations and institutions that conduct a GD as a part of their selection process then it would important for you to prepare yourself to face a GD apart from preparing yourself to face the interview.

To be true, an interview isn’t as challenging as a GD because in a personal interview, you would be evaluated solely on your performance. When it comes to a GD however, your evaluation is comparative and based on other candidates’ performance as well. GD helps the evaluators compare and select their ideal candidates. Also, a GD majorly shows your team building skills which are absolutely essential in any organization.

To brief it all up, a GD is conducted with about 8 to 10 candidates for about 20 to 40 minutes. Sometimes, it can be just for about 15 minutes too. The topic is given to the group a few minutes before the GD begins. Typically, a GD reflects the inherent skills of the candidates as the topic leaves them with not much time to prepare. That being said, if you are keen on performing well at a GD, it does call for some preparation. While you cannot definitely get to know the topic of the GD beforehand, you definitely can hone your inherent skills. Here is what you can do to prepare yourself to face a GD –

  1. Read:

This is the first and perhaps the most crucial step in preparing yourself for the GD. The more you read, the better acquainted you would be to deal with the various topics that can be presented to you for the GD. You can read anything and everything across various subjects and industries but make sure that you are well versed with the current affairs as most often, the topics for GDs are based on recent happenings.

  1. Participate in Mock GDs:

Create an informal group with your friends or colleagues. You can even find like minded people with similar interests and qualifications through social media. Meet regularly with your group members and conduct mock GDs. This will benefit you all.

  1. Improve your communications skills:

Practice listening and speaking skills. These skills are essential to express yourself in the right tone and manner. Being assertive is important but being too aggressive will run down your chances of getting selected. So, practice well. You can try speaking to yourself in the mirror. This is a great way to evaluate yourself, your body language as well as boost your self-confidence.

While preparing yourself for the GD, keep in mind what the evaluators will be looking at – leadership skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills and persuasive skills. Also, the panellists will test your ability think and make your point to the group. Your clarity of thought, how you handle a conflict of opinion, your individual understanding of the subject, how flexible you are towards new ideas and opinions and your ability to create a consensus with the others in the group.

Of course, you may not be able to reflect all the above characteristics in the short time allotted for the GD. But whenever you do get a chance, make sure that you reflect your confident self and bear in mind the above aspects that the panellists would be looking out for. If you are able to generate a positive response, you are good to go!

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

Short Story on Life Problems

This is one of the classical English short stories we managed to find recently. The story will talk about how small our problems are when compared to our universe.

This will help you survive touch times with great confidence. This picture will help you to a great extent during hardship in your life. Plan to have it on your mobile if you wish to see good results. But before that, read on.

Are you wondering what that blue dot is? Well, if you are still wondering, then here is the news.

Your pet that died two years ago. Your first kiss. Your first laugh, and your first tears. Your heartbreaks, your knee breaks, your graduation, your failures and subsequent successes. All of that. All the History of the world you know of. All the triumphs, all the defeats. All the folklore and the witch-hunting stories.

Everything is in this Pale Blue Dot suspended in the sunbeam. This is the Earth.

That a picture taken by NASA, Voyager 1 which was launched by NASA in 1977. It was on its mission of wandering when the Philosopher – astronomer Carl Sagan asked the mission control to turn one of its cameras toward its originating source. And then we saw the Earth, from 6 billion Kilometers. It could be so hard, almost unfathomable, to imagine something so vast being so tiny. But that’s how it is.

Now, imagine. There are millions of galaxies in the observable universe. And in every galaxy, there are millions of stars and planetary systems. And in one of those beautiful galaxies, there is a star. Around that star, revolves a planet. In that planet, there are continents. Those continents have countries. The countries have states. The states have districts. The districts have areas. And in one of those areas, lives Emma Watson. In an area far away and cheaper, live you.

At the end of the day, you are too tiny to even matter to the universe. Your problems, your rejections, your fears and trepidation, are tiny mumbling in front of the Universe and its systems. If Earth is a dot, what are you?

So, screw methods of becoming confident. You get one small life of 100 odd years. Out of which you have lived the first 23 and you will not be able to live the last 23, as you will be a bed ridden, arthritis laden scum. You have few years. You have few moments.

Screw fear. You go ask that girl out. You get fit. You get money. You enjoy as much as you can. Don’t live the same day for the rest of your days. Ultimately, it’s about your joy and nothing else.

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Abraham Lincoln|Postmaster

Abraham Lincoln|Postmaster

It was in the 1830’s, The Postal department of the United States decided to club a few Post Offices and create new bigger and better ones. The aim was to reach out to more people in a more efficient way.   As a part of this operation the Post Office at New Salem was relocated to Petersburg and this meant that the Post Master at New Salem would now lose his job.

Now, every Post Master gets some amount of money and resources to discharge his/her duties.  When a Post Office is closed and the Post Master is discharged from his duties, an agent is sent to collect the resources and the money from the postmaster.  The postmaster at New Salem was supposed to return 17 dollars to the US Postal Department.

The department felt that this amount was too little and did not send the agent to collect the dues for quite some time.   It was after several months (most probably after 1.5 years or so) that the agent was sent to get the money from the old Post Master.  The former Post Master of New Salem was now living in extreme hard times and was hard pressed for money.  Dr. Henry, a friend of the former postmaster got to know about this, he knew that his friend who is currently unemployed would have used this money for his persona expenses. Dr.Henry accompanied the postal agent when the latter went to collect the money from the former postmaster.   He wanted to loan the money to his friend and save him from the embarrassment.

However, Dr. Henry was shocked by what happened later.

This is what the Dr Henry had to say about what transpired later.  (He in the paragraph below refers to the former postmaster of New Salem)

“I was about to call him aside and loan him the money, when he asked the agent to be seated for a moment, he went over to his trunk at his boarding house, and returned with an old blue sock with a quantity of silver and copper coin tied up in it. Untying the sock, he poured the contents on the table and proceeded to count the coin, which consisted of such silver and copper pieces as the country-people were then in the habit of using in paying postage. On counting it up there was found the exact amount, to a cent, of the draft, and in the identical coin which had been received. He never used, under any circumstances, trust funds.”

Amazing honesty, isn’t it?  This man lost his job for no mistake of his, was now practically living in penury but did not touch a cent from the State’s money.  Just look at the character of the man who faced all hardships while he had some amount of government’s money with him.

That man who surprised that postal agent and Dr. Henry with his honesty did not stop there.  He went on to surprise entire country when he was elected as the 16th President of the United States of America.  He surprised the world another time when he came up with the emancipation declaration that effectively banned slavery from the US.  He was so strong with his convictions, character and beliefs that he laid down his life while trying to get a complete ban on slavery.

As you might have guessed by now, that noble soul who achieved all this in his life with the strength of his character is none other than the great Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America.

Having a great character is one of the greatest assets one can ever possess.  One must have strong ideals in life and one should not swerve from that path come what may.  Once a person stands firm on his ideals and displays his strong will, great things will start happening to him/her.   Pick your ideals, be committed to your goals and start working, as you work and display your character great things start happening to you.

Have a great day.

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