A Group Discussion may be based on two kinds of topics:-
Such topics require familiarity with facts/information on static/dynamic components of the environment.These topics can be further categorized into the following :-
Factual Generic - These topics require a basic level of awareness w.r.t the various segments of the environment. They test you more on interpersonal skills and behavior,rather than discrete sectoral information. Examples:-
Cricket and India.
Factual Specific -
These topics assess you on specific challenges in gathering and analyzing information on select areas. A thorough understanding of current affairs can ensure a high comfort level in handling such topics.
WTO and its impact on the Indian Economy.
Such topics are based on your perception. The way you look at the topic decides your subsequent participation and performance. The challenge here is to put forth multiple implications of the topic and then evoke a discussion on some of them. Idea generation and ability to add a tangible angle to an otherwise abstract topic are the hallmarks of success here.
Pigs can fly.
The first step towards approaching factual topics is to look at the topic from various perspectives.
Try to get the reasons and causes behind the topic or issue. This would help in reaching and covering more areas about the Topic.
It is highly recommended that one should not take a pre-mediated stand before the start of the topic, as it may restrict one to
contribute new ideas to the topic and also the discussion becomes more of a debate. Factual Topic s can further be classified into
the following categories.
The techniques that one can adopt to manage factual topics are:-
Try and find the stake holders in the given issue - Given the topic or the issue try and figure out those elements who have been responsible for the occurring of the problem.Also, figure out those elements who are going to lose or benefit from the issue.
Creativity and Lateral Thinking: Focus the Group on thinking as creatively as possible and then translating that thinking into concrete ideas and words.
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