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  • September 27, 2021
  • Manoj Sundaram
5 easy tips to help you overcome group discussion anxiety

Group discussions are a great way to get people involved and engaged in your presentation. Group discussions can be used for many different things, such as brainstorming or problem solving. Group discussion is also a fun way to make presentations more interactive and engaging! However, it's not always easy to overcome the fear of public speaking and engage with an entire group of people at once. But there are some strategies you can use to help you do just that! In this blog post we will discuss 5 ways that will help you overcome the fear of Group Discussions.

1. Identify the fear - what are you afraid of when it comes to group discussions?

What are your greatest worries? Is it public speaking, being judged by others, or simply not knowing what to say when someone else is talking that scares you the most? Knowing your precise fear can assist you in overcoming it.


If you're afraid of public speaking, find strategies that will help you feel more comfortable when speaking in front of a crowd. The simplest technique is to speak in front of a mirror without getting distracted by your surroundings. Being able to look into your eyes and speak to yourself will help strengthen your confidence. Even though you are alone, it's like speaking to a crowd because there is no one else there but the two of you. Another strategy for public speaking preparation can be recording yourself on video and then watching it back; this will give you an idea of what others see when they watch or listen to you speak.

If it's feeling insecure about what to say, research ways on how to participate in Group Discussions by asking questions or simply listening and then chiming into the discussion with your thoughts. One of the most effective strategies I use to learn is to ask questions in Group Discussions.Group Discussions are the perfect way to get your voice heard, so don't be afraid of not having anything interesting or intelligent to say because that's what Group Discussions are for—sharing ideas and thoughts! By asking a question related to the topic, you can take part in Group Discussions without feeling like you're out of your depth. Now that the group has begun to respond to your inquiries, pay close attention to what is being said and participate in the discussions.

If you really do feel insecure about speaking, try to find other ways to participate such as writing or drawing something related to the topic on a large piece of paper so everyone understands what it is that you are trying to say.


2. Examine your thoughts and feelings about this topic

Taking part in group discussions is something that everyone has to do at some point in their lives. Group discussions are a great way for students and employees alike to show what they know about a topic, but the fear of speaking often dominates people's thoughts and feelings when approaching Group Discussions.

While Group Discussions can be nerve-racking because you're not only sharing your ideas and thoughts, but also you are being scrutinized by your Group members. examining one's thoughts and feelings in a Group Discussion can go a long way towards making Group Discussions easier and less stressful.

To overcome the Group Discussion fear, Group Discussions can be approached in a few different ways.

First of all, Group Discussions should not be viewed as an opportunity to prove yourself - rather Group Discussions are meant to help you and your group members learn from each other's ideas and insights. As such, it is important for students/employees to approach any group discussion with an open mind and a willingness to listen. Group Discussions should not be viewed as an opportunity for you to put your ideas on display - rather Group Discussion is meant as a way for students/employees to learn from their peers. While the Group Leader/facilitator should be a good listener and encourage Group members to express their ideas, Group Discussions are not meant as an opportunity for students/workers to just give you the answer.

One of the most effective ways in which to make Group Discussions less intimidating is by participating in Group Practice sessions . Practicing mock group discussions with your friends / co-workers is a great way to get yourself more accustomed to Group Discussions and Group Discussion formats.

One of the most common mistakes that people make when participating in Group Discussions is talking over one another. If you are not confident about your ideas, it can be easy to become flustered or anxious - leading you to talk at length without actually saying anything.


3. Talk to a friend or family member about your concerns

The best way to prepare for Group Discussions is to talk about your concerns with someone you trust. They may be able to give some great advice on how they overcame their public speaking fears and what worked for them so that you might benefit from it as well! The majority of Generation Z youngsters avoid bringing up their issues with their moms and dads or siblings. And that's why group discussions are more challenging for them.

A family member or a close friend can help you understand your fears and give you great tips so that Group Discussions are something to look forward to rather than dread! Talking about your ideas with your family members or friends can help you overcome Group discussion fears. Having a mock discussion with them can go a long way in helping you get rid of Group Discussions fears. Involving your family members / friends in the mock discussions and making them to ask you questions will give you the much needed confidence boost. If you are afraid of group discussions, they can be a real barrier to success in college or at work. Talking about Group Discussions issues with an academic counselor is one of the most effective ways to deal with Group Discussions fears and excel at Group Discussions sessions

"I rely on them for advice and my family is always there to help me through Group Discussions. They also know my talents and shortcomings, which aids in the development of my Group Discussion abilities." - Sandilyan (22), Marketing Professional, Pudukottai.

4. Focus on listening as much as speaking

Group Discussions require participants to be well-informed and open to new ideas. Group Discussions sessions are unlike public speaking as the speaker is only allowed a few minutes at a time, so listening becomes all important as Group Discussions participants must summarize what has been said in order for the discussion to continue smoothly. The common mistake Group Discussion participants make is to simply wait for their turn to speak. Group Discussions require the speaker to carefully listen to what others are saying, understand them and then only formulate a response that would drive the discussion forward. To be the greatest communicator, one must be a great listener. Many people are afraid of Group Discussions not because they fear public speaking but rather due to their strong personalities which make it difficult for Group Discussion participants to listen effectively.


Listening is not only about being quiet while the other person speaks. People regard the greatest listeners to be those who inquire about issues that help them gain new knowledge and insight. These questions offer a gentle push in the right direction, but they do so in a positive way. Sitting silently without any clear indication to the speaker that you are listening does not prove that you are paying attention, but posing a question gives the speaker the feeling that they have not only heard what has been said, but that they have understood it well enough to ask the question.

The best speakers listen attentively and provide constructive feedback in a way that others would accept and that opened up new options to consider.

There are a variety of activities you can do to enhance your active listening skills:

  • Pay close attention
  • Demonstrate that you're listening
  • Make suggestions
  • Wait before making judgments
  • Consider the situation carefully before responding

5. Remember that there is no right way to do things, so be yourself and have fun!

5 easy tips to help you overcome group discussion anxiety

Group discussions are a great way to meet new people and participate in activities that you enjoy. Group discussions help us learn from each other, so don't be afraid! Group Discussions can be fun!

Although you have the opportunity to discuss more in depth with individuals who know the subject better than you, group discussions are meant to bring fresh insights and ideas to a specific topic. As a result, there are no right or wrong ideas or suggestions in a group discussion. Group talks are intended to be interactive, so feel free on this one: express your opinion.

Group discussions allow you to meet new people and participate in activities that you enjoy at college or university. Group talks help us learn from each other as well as from the teacher who leads the group discussion.

Approach a group discussion as an opportunity to learn things and opinions rather than as a venue for showcasing your expertise on the topic.

The fear of group discussions is very real. But, as with any fear or anxiety-filled situation, it can be overcome and learned from. I’ve found that the best way to get over my own fears has been by talking to people about them - whether in a blog post for this article or in person with friends and family members who have also had similar experiences.

With all of these tips and tricks, you should be able to overcome your fear. Remember that there is no right way to do things, so feel free to take a few risks and try new techniques in order to get the most out of every group discussion! Make sure to share this article with your friends who are also scared of public speaking or want more success at work--this information will help them too. I'll see you next time on "How Not To Be Afraid Of Group Discussions"!