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Thread Started by #bishi john

my name is bishi am persuing MBA .iam facing a problem with GD .Whenever iam in Gd iam not able to speak up anything. and that time I dont feel good about that thing . i know I dnot have that much knowlegde about gk n all but i want do to good in that .even tough my english is fine still not able to speak up.so can anyone help me out with this prob!
14th February 2015 From India, Bhilai
Hi Bishi John,
Reading your post is like reading a puzzle. You could have paid some more attention and read the draft again before clicking the submit button.
If I make the correct guess GD is group Discussion; is it not? GK (written in small letters as ‘gk’ – is it General Knowledge?) To do well in Group Discussion you need to practice with exercises in “spoken language.”
Make sure you devote sufficient time every day. In my opinion your English needs a lot of improvement. Read your draft again and see how you can break them into smaller sentences so that the mistakes get eliminated.
14th February 2015 From India
Thank you sir for your help. I will follow what u have said. yes i do know that my English needs a lot of improvement will try do do whatever u have said. sir may i know what type of Exercises i need to practice ?
And for GD (Group discussion ) In my Class people who don't have a good command on English they speak very nicely . so my questions is even though their English is not good how they are able to speak . Is it because their Gk is good ?
15th February 2015 From India, Bhilai
Dear Bishi John,
I think you should forget comparing yourself with others.
Be your own competitor and raise the bar every time.
To do better please try Cite HR archives.
Type “Spoken English” inside the box WHAT DO YOU NEED
that you find in the title bar right above.
After typing in the box, press the 'research' button next to it.
You will get lot of information.
You can also refer "Related Information" and 'Download Thread'
that you find in the right side of this message.
Repeat the process for “Improving English” and the likes, one by one of your choice.
Sincere efforts would be always rewarding.
15th February 2015 From India
Hi Bishi John,

I agree with the comments of V Raghunathan. Please follow his advice to improve your spoken English.

Do not compare yourself with others. Rather focus on developing yourself.

Thorough preparation is required to participate properly in GD. Do some surfing on the internet and you will get lot of information about what traits the company observes through GD. How to speak, when to speak, remaining focused on the topic, not to cut others when they are speaking, giving time to others to speak, how effectively do you speak, your voice modulation/ subject knowledge/ ability to speak coherently - these are some of the things the selectors observe.

Think with a cool mind - is your problem English speaking or is it lack of confidence.

I am a certified Coach and Trainer. I conduct workshops on subjects like Interview and GD Skills. I also conduct one-on-one Coaching and Mentoring sessions to help youngsters develop confidence and qualify Interview/ GD.

For more details you can contact Ms Pooja Baloni at 08882194410.

Best wishes,

Indu Wadhwa

Founder & Principal Consultant

Aspiring People
15th February 2015 From India, New Delhi
Dear Bishi John, others have given you sound advice though your query lacks enough details. Could you kindly give some examples of the topics used in GDs and your knowledge about those topics?
15th February 2015 From United Kingdom
Dear Bishi,
Your problem doesnt lies in lack of english or lack of knowledge, but it lies in lack of ability to come out with your own convections. Be brave enough to come out. In GDs what matter the most is the initiative taken by one to speak up and to place their point. Dont struggle with urself whether to speak or not, but come out and speak. Lack of knowledge might be problem sometime but not everytime. My general suggestion to you is that, just try to analyse whether you are able to speak loudly and confidently when you are with your family and friends? If your answer is yes, then its surely a confidence problem nothing else. Just believe in you and go ahead. Skills are developed over time, all what is needed is just a start and then continuous trial.
16th February 2015 From India, Gwalior
Dear Bishi
If you swimming, then you know that without entering into the river or swimming pool, you can't learn it.
so the best way is start speaking in GDs, without any hesitation.
you may not perform well maximum in the first 3 GDs, but then sure you will be the winner.
p agrawal
16th February 2015 From India, Delhi
Thank you all for your help and Guidance . i will surely practice those spoken English questions & will improve my English. Every Saturday we will have GD in class and the some of the topics are (Are Modi days gone ,FDI in Retail, import export in india) .
16th February 2015 From India, Bhilai
Dear Bishi John
To improve your English language skills in spoken and written version, you just have to devote time in hearing English News telecast 24 x 7 by leading english news channels. You may not sit and watch the TV all the time. Just switch on to the news and keep doing your work but lend your ears to the audio. By this way you will certainly improve your english speaking skills over a period of time, besides, GK and Current Affairs, you will be able to capture the crux involuntarily.
Besides read good English articles or make it a habit of reading English dailies like The Hindu , Times of India to fast track your English vocabulary and more importantly your confidence levels. Many non-English medium students have picked up their English skills just like that.
Have the will and confidence, you will come out with flying colors.
17th February 2015 From India, New Delhi
Dear John,

In addition to others suggested try these also:

1.Whenever you try to speak in English, don't think in your vernacular and try to translate into English and speak. Think in English and speak out. Initially you ought to commit mistakes but gradually you'll improve.

2. Make sure, whenever you are with your friends & family compulsorily speak/converse only in English and share with them what mistakes you are committing and correct them.

3. For a simple conversation you don't need in depth vocabulary, instead commonly known English words are good enough to complete your conversation. Also correct your grammatical errors by discussing with your close friends.

4. Practise your subject of GD to be dealt with in front of a mirror at home. If you practice in the presence of a close friend who is better at English he must be in a position to help you to improve upon your flow of speaking and body language as well.

5. Frequently read printed matters on the subject of GD, memorise some of the important portions in them, recall those while in GD.

6. Don't approach the GD with an inferiority complex, think that they are also like you and you are better prepared. Get a mindset full of confidence.

7. Listen, read, watch, recall and present. Keep your eyes and ears open always.
17th February 2015 From India, Bangalore
First and foremost be better informed, if not thorough on the subject you are expected at the GD deliberations, collect all possible relevant information, thoughtfully memorise them. This is very much important, without enough knowledge, details & statistics one cannot manage the GD convincingly howsoever he/she could be at ease in English speaking. It will help you not to fumble at crucial juncture and squeeze your head for words to continue the subject. Keep yourself uptodate on current affairs and events. This will be possible only by continuously reading news papers and magazines in English. While doing so note down important data & details in your handbook, as a routine, which will help you to use them during GD. Discussing them with your friends will make your perception on the matter some what clear. Make this as a habit.
17th February 2015 From India, Bangalore
First of all please present your problem in understandable manner.That will help others to give you suitable advice.
General Knowledge can be acquired by improving your reading habit,use of internet.
Once knowledge improves,you will automatically feel confident.
Secondly if your knowledge of English is poor make full attempts to speak and read more articles,interaction with friends,office superiors etc.Interaction will help improve conversational English.
never loose confidence in yourself.
Few attempts will give you exposure and ability to sail through.
Best of luck.
22nd February 2015 From India, Pune
Dear Bishi
Many senior persons have given a lot of advice..
some points from my side...
First read newspapers that will give you an ample amount of information.you can improve your language as well as Knowledge.
Regarding the topics its more common. you would be given preparation time right .make use of it. not down what you know about that topic.and register your views about that topic from your view point.have faith in yourself.have a positive attitude..All the best
2nd March 2015 From India, Coimbatore
Hi Bishi John,
You will feel more confident with more the knowledge and information you possess. So my recommendation for you is read as much as possible. Below are the few resources you can look at:
1) Read English news paper - With this you can improve your communication and Knowledge both
2) Read Business related books - You will feel confident when you read business books.
3) Attend meetups - There will be multiple meetups happening in and around the city, just go to Meetup.com, Eventshigh.com and check for your intersted events and attend those, you will get a chance to meet more and more people and you will have more confidence and courage.
Akash Kumaran
7th February 2017 From India, Bengaluru
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