Sample Mock GD - II
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Aditi, Bijoy, Charu, Daisy and Ehsan are
waiting for their group discussion to start. They do not have a
topic yet and are waiting for the moderator to make everybody
comfortable. There, the moderator looks at the clock and announces:
“You have 5 minutes for this group discussion. And your topic is
‘How to Succeed in Group Discussions.’ Please start.”
Bijoy: This should be interesting. A GD on GD! I
suggest we should discuss the importance of a GD first. I mean, why
have a GD at all?
Charu: I find this very strange. How can you have
a GD on GD? We should be discussing some current topic to test our
Ehsan: I agree that this is rather unusual. At
the same time, our job is to conduct a meaningful discussion
regardless of the topic. Bijoy has suggested we start with the
importance of GD. Today, GD is a very important part of various
Aditi: GD is all about teamwork. That’s all.
Bijoy: Management is all about working with
people. I suppose GD is one way of establishing one’s ability to
work with others. How we are able to lead and be led.
Charu: (Laughs) You are using some impressive
management jargon, my friend! I don’t think GD has anything to do
with leading or being led. At the most, a GD may give an idea about
how a business meeting is held. Otherwise it is only about sharing
your knowledge with others.
Bijoy: (Visibly irritated) Looks like you are
very sure about your knowledge. Perhaps there is no need for a group
or even a discussion?
Ehsan: We have some interesting points here.
Leadership and sharing knowledge. Perhaps, a GD is a good tool to
assess how well you are able to function within a group.
Daisy: I want to…
Aditi: I don’t think any discussion is
meaningful unless everyone has the same level of knowledge.
Daisy: I want to say something. Pardon if I make
any wrong. I am from vernacular medium…
Aditi: Don’t waste our time talking about your
background. The topic is GD. Talk about that.
Bijoy: Every subject has various angles. So, many
heads can raise many ideas.
Charu: Also, too many cooks spoil the broth
Ehsan: Yes, a group makes it possible to
brainstorm any issue. Perhaps Daisy has something to add to this
Daisy: Thanks for giving me chance. A GD is good
for ‘consensus.’ It is always better everybody agree. Otherwise
only one person is there.
Charu: (Leaning forward and pointing to Daisy) I
think the correct word is consensus. Don’t use a word unless you
know what you are talking about.
Bijoy: Consensus is fine. But is it necessary
that everyone should have the same viewpoint?
Ehsan: That is an interesting thought. Yes, Daisy
is right that a GD is about consensus but there can still be
differences. A GD provides an opportunity to discuss various aspects
of an issue and weigh merits and demerits of different approaches.
Charu: Agree to disagree.
Bijoy: But the question is how to succeed in GDs.
I think the first prerequisite is patience. Some of us must learn to
shut up and let others talk (looks directly at Charu).
Aditi: If everyone follows that we will only have
silence and no discussion.
Ehsan: I suppose the point is to participate and
give others also a chance to participate.
Daisy: Please can I speak?
Aditi: Come on! You don’t have to beg for
permission to speak!
Daisy: I said that because I thought someone
might have wanted to speak before me. Anyway, is it not possible to
Charu: (Smirks) I don’t know how the moderator
will rate your profound silence!
Bijoy: But Daisy, no one can read your mind.
Unless you speak, how do you contribute?
Ehsan: I think a GD is very much like a business
meeting. Every participant may present an individual point of view
but the thinking about that point of view is collective.
Aditi: I don’t think you can compare a GD to a
business meeting. In a meeting, there is usually a chairman whose
job is to control the meeting.
Bijoy: A GD may not have a chairman but I suppose
one person usually emerges as the leader and guides the discussion.
Charu: I suppose someone fancies himself to be a
leader. This is so boring!
Moderator: Your time is up. Thank you everyone.
Moderator’s notes: Ehsan shows leadership
skills and the ability to hold a group together. He appears to have
a good grasp of the subject though on the whole the GD failed to do
justice to the core subject of how to succeed. Bijoy also has some
interesting ideas but is prone to being provoked easily. Charu is
too sure and too full of herself to be able to contribute to a
group. Aditi is guilty of intolerance and rude interruptions. Daisy
needs to work on her language and her confidence, though she may
have the right concepts.
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