Body Language in GD
One of the most significant elements of a Group Discussion is “Body Language”. It instantly nets a web of speculations about the candidate in the mind of the jury. A hand movement, Facial expressions, Gestures, body posture, this all comes under body language. This is where more than half of the candidates fail. It is aptly said, “How you speak is more emphasized than what you speak”.
While in a GD, the jury or the deciding person is bound to keep a close eye on the body language of each and every candidate. What they infer from your gestures is the big deciding factor. To make sure you don’t miss out on this one, you have to depict a very optimistic body language clearly portraying how involved and interested you are in the ongoing discussion. According to Jim Rohn, “Effective communication is 20% about what you know and 80% about what you feel about what you know”. Sending out a confident vibe on to the onlookers is the key.
Tips for an effective body language
While you come closer to a person or walk into a room, make sure your posture is straight and comfortable. The way you walk in speaks a lot about your confidence level. Nervous shaky legs and dropped shoulders are never opted for big responsibilities.
Keeping yourself calm and let others feel your aura. A smile helps you connect with people in a better way. It shows you are easy to approach and talk to unlike a stern facial expression that someone had to think twice before even starting a conversation.
Always remember, there’s a lot of difference between an eye-contact and an awkward stare. Do not look directly into the eyes of just one person and just stick your vision to it. Make eye contacts with everyone you talk to, maintaining the levels of your stare.
No negative hand movements
Although hand movements are also used to convey your messages and for better understanding, never do moves like pointing a finger at someone, banging the hand on a table, flipping the pen in your hand, all these actions depict your aggressiveness. It gives an impact that you are neither a calm leader nor a team player.
Discuss don’t argue
Keep in mind that it’s called group DISCUSSION for a reason. You are definitely going to disagree on quite a few things but this doesn’t give you the permission to start shouting or interrupt people in between or rising from your seat and shouting. You should use polite gestures and make everyone else understand your point, do not impose it.
Keeping all these points in mind, you are sure to create a remarkable impact on the panel and thus can have strong chances of getting through with GDs.