Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tackle the GROUP DISCUSSION with valor!

What is a group discussion?
-A talk where you all tell your views on a particular topic
-One can support/oppose the stated topic
-One can also state the pros and cons of the topic
-It is definitely different from a debate
-Generally the topic is related to one of the current issues

How to present yourself in a GD
-Be yourself and don’t project you as someone else
-Your body language and mannerisms talk a lot about you.
-Be assertive and not aggressive
-Seek clarification if you have any doubts regarding the subject.
-Be vocal, the evaluator wants to hear you speak
-Don't lose your cool if anyone says anything you object to.
-Brush up on your leadership skills; you can also motivate the other members of the team to speak
-You will be evaluated on your alertness, knowledge, Problem solving ability, clarity and team spirit.

There are various kinds of GD:
-Fish market : Typical as the word says, everyone expresses their opinion but hardly any listens. Its all about their aggression to rule the GD.
-Silent Killer :Not much is contributed by the members and each one waits for the other to break the ice.
-Happy Family : This is the ideal from of discussion where everyone makes their point and also listens to what the rest opine on that issue.
-One man show : Here monotony prevails and just one speaker talks, talks and talks. The rest do not contribute even when they are pulled into the GD.

Key elements which they are looking for in a GD
-Team spirit
-Leadership qualities
-Reasoning ability
-Inspiring ability

Initiating a GD is a high profit-high loss strategy.
-When you initiate a GD, you not only grab the opportunity to speak, you also grab the attention of the examiner and your fellow candidates.
-If you can strike a positive first impression with your content and communication skills, it will help you sail through the discussion.
-But if you initiate a GD and stammer/ stutter/ quote wrong facts and figures, the damage might be irrevocable.
-If you initiate a GD impeccably but don't speak much after that, it gives the impression that you started the GD for the sake of starting it or getting those initial kitty of points earmarked for an initiator!
-When you start a GD, you are responsible for putting it into the right perspective or framework. So initiate one only if you have in depth knowledge about the topic at hand.

Summarization Techniques
-Most GDs do not really have conclusions. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favour or against the topic.
-But every GD is summarised. You can summarise what the group has discussed in the GD in a nutshell.
-Avoid raising new points.
-Avoid stating only your viewpoint.
-Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD.
-Keep it brief and concise.
-It must incorporate all the important points that came out during GD.
-If the examiner asks you to summarise a GD, it means the GD has come to an end. Do not add anything once the GD has been summarised.
-If required you can even take a note pad along to note the key points which will help you to recapitulate.

How to win a GD?
-Make the other members understand your point by giving suitable examples.
-Use quotations. This will help you sail through better. Given a topic like is there any need for censor board? You can start like ‘Hidden apples are always sweet’
-Shock them by looking at the topic differently. For instance topics like Growing Indian population-boon or bane? Many would say 'At the centre of the Indian capital stands a population clock that ticks away relentlessly’. You can add a positive approach by telling 'Nothing's impossible when 1 billion Indians work together'.'
-Give them facts, figures and statistics. For this you need to be well equipped by reading newspapers regularly.
-Use a general statement to put the GD in proper perspective. For example, if the topic is, Should Dhoni be the cricket captain of Indian team? You could start by saying, 'Before jumping to conclusions like, 'Yes, Dhoni should be', or 'No, Dhoni should not be', let's first find out the qualities one needs to be a good captain. Then we can compare these qualities with those that Dhoni possesses. This will help us reach the conclusion in a more objective and effective manner.'

So tell me now, how good are you at the group discussion?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wedding-Dum dum dum

He says “She is my greatest blessing! “
She says “He is an answered prayer!”

Friends!,I am happy to invite you for my brother's wedding with Roshni on June 22nd in India (Chennai).Please visit the link below for the details on the events and the venue.

India is known worldwide for its diversity and richness in culture. It is one of the very few countries where tradition and trends form a perfect blend. Indian weddings are bright events which are full of rituals and life. Right from the design of the wedding cards till the honeymoon trip there is a huge list to work on.

Right from swayam-vara to todays online or E-Wedding everything is the coming together of two lovely hearts which were miles apart.

One of the strongest bonds between a man and a woman is viewed as marriage, definitely an eternal one! In a nutshell it is the union of two souls.The importance of a few customs is below.

Mehandi is the art for the bride whose hand and legs are beautifully decorated with mehendi paste. The bond between the couple is said to grow stronger if the mehandi turns darker.

“Urimai kaaga mudhal mudichu
Uravu kaaga rendaam mudichu
Ooru kaaga munaam mudichu”
It is a sacred thread of love and goodwill worn by married women as a symbol of their marriage.The groom ties it around the neck of the bride on the day of their marriage signifying their union. It is known by different names in different states of the country. Mangalsutra is the token of dignity and love given to a bride by her groom. It is believed to protect their marriage and life of their husbands.

Wedding Ring
Circles have always enjoyed a universal perception of having strong magical properties. And with such magical power, a ring around given by your beloved would surely protect a person from evil spirits.
Rituals are no more mere words, know there significance!

"A successful man is the one who makes more money than his wife can spend!
A successful woman is the one who can find such a man :-)"

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mandira Bedi- full of life!

A vivacious arian, born in Mumbai and now has set impressions all over the world-Mandira Bedi definitely knows how to bowl us for sure!

The name, Mandira Bedi, conjures myriad images. From a sari-clad ‘Shanti’, to a demure Preeti in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge’, to her noodle straps on ‘Extraaa Innings’, glamourous ‘Manmadhan’ and Star One's comedy show Funjabbi Chak De.;Mandira Bedi has gathered quite a loyal fan following.

Besides all these she has got a personal style too!
She has designed every bit of her bungalow with different shades. For instance, the iron railings on the staircase have the same design as that on the gate and she has got nearly 200 of such designs and has placed them all.

Iam a big fan of her energetic bubbly bubbly talks :-)