When 26-year old digital marketing professional Sneha Pareek lead a group discussion at her company’s annual global summit her confidence and career both zoomed to levels many notches higher. Mumbai-based Sneha has always been a glib talker but her well-informed insights and well-timed discussion points won her the brownie points at the conference.
“My boss always told me that I had good communication skills and hence she nominated me as a representative from the Indian team. But when I reached Hong Kong (where the company’s international conference takes place annually) I sensed things work very differently globally. The other participants were dressed very casually but each carried notes about the topics. Hence I also upped my game and composed myself well,” says Sneha who counts this experience as a prized memory in her career so far. Thanks to her impressive presence at the group discussion, she has since been nominated for a promotion.
Group discussions are an integral part of every company’s culture. Every employee – right from the time of interview to the time of on boarding and working – is expected to be a part of discussions. At times, one is intimated about it and some other times employees are called upon impromptu to discuss topics.
Like Sneha, its imperative that you ace these rounds and avoid the common mistakes. We have listed them here, check them –
1. Talking too much –
Starting a discussion creates a good impression for sure but if you talk endlessly then you are bound to speak out of context and lose points for it.
What to do: Speak first, speak only on topic given
2. Keeping silent –
If talking too much can kill your points, saying nothing ruins everything. Even if the topic is out of context or out of your understanding, try to make some good, valid points there.
What to do: Assert an opinion right from beginning, talk without hesitation
3. Not letting other speak
Group discussion doesn’t mean that you will not let others speak. Be interactive. Appreciate valid points, respect antagonistic views, keep your points further and encourage a debate around it.
What to do: Use phrases like, I appreciate, I second, I also have the same view point
4. Being loud
Speaking doesn’t mean you have to shout your lungs out. Business partners often respect those who put across their views firmly but politely. You will be judged on those parameters.
What to do: Practice your tone, pitch and pronunciation before the interview
One is expected to be familiar with his domain, work concerned and current trends in the field. Follow news dedicatedly so that you have informed points to present if need be. Try to talk to your seniors about their experiences.
What to do: Be prepared for common topics in advance
6. Getting basic facts wrong
When presenting case studies, it helps to have all facts imprinted in your memory. Checking notes, getting facts wrong or looking at colleagues or bosses or facts or references shows you are unprepared.
What to do: Memorise basic facts, keep them handy for quick reference
7. Bad mouthing competitors
When presenting a point, talking about competitors is relevant. Ridiculing their policies or moves or bad mouthing them will only show that you have a bad temperament.
What to do: Make a vlaid point, substantiate it with facts, rest your case
Source From: http://content.timesjobs.com/these-mistakes-can-ruin-your-chances-at-group-discussions/