Generating Ideas for Group Discussion
As the content and fresh ideas are life and blood of any Group Discussion, at times many aspirants get confused regarding the idea generation. The aspirants many a time fail to understand the framework in order to generate relevant ideas for the discussion. In the absence of a sound framework, no doubt the apirants can generate ideas through brain storming, but many a times they end up with irrelevant ideas. Throwing irrelevant ideas in the Group Discussion can backfire and prove detrimental in the eyes of the evaluators. Since time to think and speak is limited in the Group Discussions, it is advisable to follow a sound framework to generate ideas.
The following three framework work in almost all Group Discussions:
- Stakeholders Analysis
- Keyword Approach
- PESTLE Approach
Stakeholders can be defined as the all the living beings including person, group, organization, animals, plants etc that has direct or indirect stake in an event or action. Or in other words stakeholders are all those entities that would be affected directly or indirectly through an event or action. For example consider the case “Saving Our national animal, Tiger”. In such case the following are the stakeholders:
- The other animals who are related to tigers in one way or the other like deer etc
- Forest ecosystem
- Forest authorities
- Tourists who come to see the tigers
- People dependent on tourism industry related to tigers like forest resorts, jeep drivers
- Forest dwellers
In Stakeholder Analysis the following steps can be useful:
- Identifying the stakeholders
- Identifying the stakeholders that would be benefitted by the action or idea that you are proposing
- Identifying the stakeholders that would be at a loss by the action or idea that you are proposing
- Evaluating benefits v/s loss
- The ways to maximize the benefits
- The ways to minimize the losses
For example in this case you come up with an idea that to Save Tigers the Tourism in the core areas must be banned. Now you can follow the above steps and generate the ideas to speak.
The keyword approach
The emphasis of this approach is to expand the meaning of each word and expression and then correlating it with the central idea. For example consider the topic “Culture of India is better than that of the western world”. As per the key word approach, you need to discuss the meaning of each word and expression as:
- Meaning of culture
- Components of culture
- What is Indian culture?
- What is western culture?
- The basic difference between these two culture
- Components and criteria for defining a “better culture”
Therefore in keyword approach every keyword is looked upon as a separate entity and its meaning and essence are defined. Compiling those meaning and essence the conclusion for the Group Discussion is drawn.
The PESTLE Approach is an analytical approach which addresses the issue from the following prespective: