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How to Do Well in a Group Discussion

Whether you are looking to get into a good MBA college or get a job with some of the leading companies, you will have to encounter the much dreaded ‘Group Discussion’ selection process. While there are many articles around do’s & don’t for doing well in Group Discussions, the guidance tends to have a limited view on the whole process.

Given that SoaringEagles works extensively on helping people get placed by doing well in Group Discussions and Interviews, we are sharing details of strategies that will help you do very well in Group Discussions.

Understand the purpose of the Group Discussion from the recruiter’s perspective

The first step is to understand why colleges and companies use Group Discussions as part of their selection process. This will help you structure your approach to meet their requirements and hence stand out of the crowd. Colleges and companies that get a lot of applicants need to have a process to eliminate applications and reduce the number of applicants they interview. Personal interviews take a lot of time and effort and hence Group Discussions can help them shortlist some candidates.

Understand the key traits and skills recruiters look for during a Group Discussion

So you need to understand the traits recruiters look for while evaluating candidates during the Group Discussion. Some of the key traits they look for are as follows:

  • Communication Skills
    • Ability to express ideas clearly
    • Assertiveness
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership Skills
    • Team Work
  • Reasoning Ability and analytical skills
    • Logical thinking
    • Creative thinking
    • Ability to think on your feet
  • Personality traits
    • Initiative
    • Flexibility
    • Openness to others and new ideas

You need to keep all these in mind when preparing for and presenting yourself in a Group Discussion. If you focus on only getting a chance to speak and speaking loudly to be heard over the noise, you may miss out on demonstrating some of the other key skills that they are looking for. Later you may wonder what went wrong.

Confidence is at the core of the selection process

While the recruiters look for the above mentioned skills and traits, one of the key things that a person needs to demonstrate is confidence. Confidence is basically the belief in one’s ability to succeed. Even if you have all the skills they are looking for but don’t have confidence in your abilities, you will not get selected. You can build confidence by working on yourself. Invest in courses that help you develop these skills and give you an opportunity to practice them. SoaringEagles offers a comprehensive 40-hour course which not only helps you build confidence but also develops your interpersonal skills, creative and analytical thinking, and commercial awareness. (Check out how to build confidence here.)

Prepare for the likely topics

Walking in for a Group Discussion without preparing for topics that are currently making a lot of news could be a recipe for disaster. You may have very little understanding about the event and will struggle to come up with good points. This will be evident to the recruiter immediately. They will put you down as someone who is not up-to-date with the latest developments – not something you want.  So make sure you look up recent developments and have points from different perspectives. Having details about the event and being able to analyze it well will make you really shine in a Group Discussion.

Perform on the day of the Group Discussion

All your preparation will come to fruition only if you perform well on the day of the Group Discussion. So it is important to prime yourself for a good show. There are many strategies you can apply to pump up your confidence. One such strategy is visualization. Visualizing yourself as speaking confidently, taking on the role of a coordinator in the discussion and making logically sound arguments will all make you feel ready for excelling in the Group Discussion. Managing your emotions plays a very important role here.

If you want to really do well in a Group Discussion and subsequent Interview, check out the programs offered by SoaringEagles. These programs prepare you in a comprehensive manner and give you a lot of practice to be ready to crack the selection process. For more details request for a free consultation by clicking the button above.

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Top 5 Secrets to Career Success

Who doesn't want  success in their career? Unfortunately most people struggle to move up the corporate ladder after a few years into their career. They believe that just doing their job should get them a promotion. However, the real world does not work that way.

When they look at people who are doing well in their career and moving up very fast, they believe that either the person is very lucky to be in the right place at the right time, or that they are doing something unsavory to get such career growth opportunities.

The reality is that if you want to be promoted and have a great career, you have to convince your superiors that you are ready for the bigger role and capable of bringing in or handling larger volume of business.

Here are the top 5 ways in which you can stand out from your peers and build a successful career:

1. Stand out / Differentiate yourself

If you appear no different from the 10 other guys around you, why will you get special treatment. You have to make effort to stand out by taking initiative, showing your passion for your work, deliver results, having great customer relationship and so on. Your career will skyrocket if you are able to create a positive brand image.

2. Go beyond the call of duty

People who just do the bare minimum work will remain trapped in the 'average' performer bracket. You need to take on more responsibilities and help others and think of the company's requirements. This will give you lots to talk about during your appraisal process. You will also get noticed as someone who takes a lot of initiatives and your career will get a major boost.

3. Be action-oriented

If you want to create something and do it faster than your competition, you need to the action-oriented. The best laid plans are of no use if they are not actually implemented. Waiting for everything to be perfect before launching a new product or service will only slow you down and keep you away from market realities. This can also have a disastrous impact on your career. So be action-oriented and get stuff done.

4. Be strategic

If one gets bogged down by day-to-day work and loses track of their goals, then it is obvious that they will not be able to make an impact on the company and also their own career. So be strategic with your work. Always have a bigger picture view of things and a medium- to long-term view of where you need to be.

5. Invest in yourself

Whether or not you know it, you have a brand. This brand is not just about your technical skills. It's about your executive presence, communication skills, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking skills and how you pitch your ideas and present yourself. It is critical to invest in yourself to develop these skills. If your company does not send you for training, do it yourself. You are responsible for your own career growth.

Do these five things and see how people start viewing you differently. You will see doors opening and more opportunities falling in your lap.

To invest in yourself, explore the career advancement courses offered by SoaringEagles. Many working professionals take out time on the weekends to enhance their skills. Check out the programs here.

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10 Traits of Truly Confident People

Have you come across people who appear at peace with themselves? Very few situations can actually get them frazzled. This quiet self-assurance is the sign of a naturally confident person. On the other hand, there are people who try to appear confident by being loud and aggressive but in reality, they are trying to mask their insecurities by putting on a show of strength.

Truly confident people don’t have to try hard to appear in control of a situation – they just are better geared to handle any situation. Confident people tend to have a big impact on everyone they encounter. However, this is achieved more out of the strong influence they have on their own thoughts and actions. They tend to inspire others by setting an example themselves.

So where does this confidence come from? This comes from an innate belief in themselves to be able to handle whatever is thrown at them. This confidence comes from experience and a sense of self-efficacy. This is also a result of actively following some habits consistently over time. The top 10 habits that most naturally confident people possess are as follows:

1.They see challenges as opportunities to learn

Challenges are a part of life. Our attitude towards these challenges determines how we manage them. If we see challenges as an opportunity to learn something new or test our limits, we will go in with the right attitude. On the other hand, if we see challenges as a roadblock, we will not even put the effort required and hence will not be able to manage it successfully. Confident people see challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow and it only adds to their sense of achievement when they overcome it.

2. They are willing to take risks

We grow when we step out of our comfort zone and try something new. Confident people willing take risks and step out of their comfort zone because they have the self-belief that they can handle it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed. On the other hand, people who are afraid to take chances tend to stagnate and go deeper into their shell.

3. They actively listen to others

Confident people are better communicators. They know that to really have a good connection, they need to listen. They don’t feel the need to prove themselves. Hence, they have the ability to listen and learn more and respond better.

4. They don’t judge others and themselves harshly

Confident people don’t feel the need to put other people down to feel good about themselves. They are not insecure about themselves and hence can be more balanced in their views about others. They don’t compare themselves to others. They have their own inner benchmarks for themselves. Given their more realistic assessment of themselves, they are also not overly harsh on themselves.

5. They are intrinsically motivated

Most confident people are intrinsically motivated which means that what drives them to do something is their own desire and not an external reward or punishment. This intrinsic motivation enables them to chart their own path and keep going at it.

6. They are doers

Confident people tend to be more action oriented. They have the ability to get things done. They know that if they want some outcome, they have to work for it. They don’t waste time complaining about things that bother them. They actually see what they can do about the situation and go ahead and do it.

7. They are assertive in their communication

Confident people has a heightened sense of self-awareness and know exactly how they feel about different situations. Hence they are able to communicate how they feel about something, assertively and respectfully. This trait actually leads to more respect from others around them for being able to speak their mind.

8. They don’t bother too much about what others think about them

People who always worry about what others will think tend to be unsure about themselves and hence are not confident. Conversely, confident people don’t worry about what others think and they are capable of stating how they themselves feel about any situation. Hence they have a better self-image and self-worth.

9. They are positive

Confident people have a positive attitude in life. Instead of finding faults and complaining and worrying about what can go wrong, they look at the positive side of any situation. Even challenging situations are approached by confident people in a very positive way. They generally feel that things will work out for the better over time.

10. They feel in control of their lives

Confident people have a high internal locus of control. They attribute their success and failures to their own actions and hence believe that they are capable of changing situations. This sense of control gives them a lot of confidence and contentment.

So the next question is, can someone learn to be more confident? Most definitely yes. As long as you are motivated to work on building your confidence, there is no reason why you cannot do so. It will require understanding yourself first and then learning some of these habits and religiously following them over a period of time to start seeing your world change for the better. This is where a Coach can help you ensure that you stay on track and get to your goal. To know more click on the request consultation button above or visit https://soaringeagles.co/coaching

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Mastering the Art of Communication

Life would be so simple if we could always say what we actually mean! Have you wondered and asked yourself – when did my communication with this world start? Would you be surprised if you were told that the first attempt to communicate with the outside world was when you first kicked in your mother’s womb?

When did this get transformed into a skill? Did you ever sit back and think for a while why effective communication with staff, colleagues, and superiors is so important? Communication comes into play even before we are born. As we grow up and choose professions, the requirements and standards change.  Studies have shown that 70% of workplace mistakes are due to poor communication. This is when the need to practice the 7 Cs of Communication arises.

Visual Communication

We are aware that communication can be verbal and non-verbal. Verbal communication can be either oral or written. Non-verbal communication is through body-language, eye contact and gestures, to name a few.

One can either choose to be dormant in life or soar high like an eagle and reach pinnacles of success in career and social life. It’s all about successfully breaking barriers like negative body language, poor verbal communication, insufficient clarity and inadequate social and cultural etiquette.

It is very rare to find people who naturally possess effective communication skills. So, if you notice shortcomings in your ability to communicate or struggle to express your ideas, don’t worry or feel inhibited. Through effective training, you can develop any skill that you lack. So don’t let the absence of some skills, which might hinder your performance and growth in your workplace, hold you back.

Why is communication skills ranked first among the soft skills? Ponder for a few minutes and the answer will be apparent. Communication involves most of the other soft skills. It is a package of effective listening, presentation, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, business etiquette and cultural orientation.

Many times we would have fared extremely well in our field of expertise; some of us may also turn out to be gold medalists. But C’est Tous! (That’s It). Applying one’s professional skills in the real world in order to succeed requires the basic ability to communicate. Be it to crack that job interview, convince a colleague or assume a leadership role. Even the best in any field have had to undergo some element of training and that includes those born with natural talent. A diamond also requires cutting and polishing to glitter. The choice is ours to decide whether to develop or remain content where we stand. As always, the best time to act is NOW!

Our Late President, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is believed to have remarked, ‘Success is when your signature changes to an autograph’. Receiving the right kind of training for effective communication is part of the journey of your signature turning into an autograph.

The current fast-changing, competitive corporate world no longer leaves you any option but to cope with your shortcomings in communication. There are many training courses waiting to fill that gap. Choosing the right one is very important. SoaringEagles offers a range of programs. For further details click the request consultation button or the WhatsApp button above.

- Amitha Venkatesh, Blogger

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Five Steps For Getting Your Dream Job

Have you ever looked at someone and thought “Wow this person is doing something she loves and she is so successful, how lucky”? Maybe a movie star or sports star or even a colleague. When we look at people who appear successful, we tend to focus only on the apparent success, we usually fail to see the hard work and struggle that might have gone in to make the person successful. So if we draw the conclusion that we are not so lucky and will never be able to be so successful, then this is really wrong.

Each one of us is blessed with some talent and is capable of being successful. We only need to figure out what that talent is and how to hone that talent to make it shine. This is hence the first step to getting your dream job. Figure out what you really enjoy doing and what you are good at. This will help you figure out your dream job.

The next step is to figure out which company can offer you that kind opportunity and role. Say you are someone who enjoys talking to people and are very good at convincing people about your ideas then a sales role would be ideal for you as you will get to talk to a lot of people all the time and you will be able to sell a lot given your convincing skills. So you will benefit from getting into a company which is very sales driven and offers you the opportunity to do what you are good at. Suppose you get into a company which a product development company which has one or two large regular clients (say the government). The focus of this company will be more on innovation and product development and not so much on sales. You might feel stifled in such an environment. So finding the right fit in terms of the opportunity the company can offer is also important.

Once you have figured out the role and the kind of company you want to get into, you have to make effort to reach out to someone in the company to get an opportunity to interview. Here networking skills come into play. Just uploading your resume to their career page may not get you that interview. So leveraging your extended network and platforms like LinkedInTM is essential to reach out to the right person. This could be an HR person or even the business vertical head.

The fourth step is to create a resume that is very compelling. Your resume is like an advertising flyer, it has to compel to the reader to pick up the phone and call you for an interview. Learn how to write such a resume by clicking here. You also need to write a very good cover letter or email to get the recruiter to respond to your request for an opportunity to interview.

The fifth and final step is to market yourself well in the interview. You need to highlight the fact that you are really passionate about the work and are good at it. You need to support it with relevant examples. Basically, you have to position yourself as the right person for the job.

These five steps can help you in getting your dream job – a job where you will do exceptionally well, whether you are a fresher or a working professional and looking for a change. Coaching by confidence coaches can help you master each step and get to your goal. This is where SoaringEagles comes in. Learn more about how to get your dream job by requesting a free consultation (click the button above).

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How to Write a Good Resume

If you think your resume is just a list of your educational qualification and work experience, you are sadly mistaken. Your resume is like a 30 second advertisement that you see on TV. It needs to grab the attention of the recruiter and make them want to meet you to see if you can fit the job opening. Your resume is like the pamphlet that makes you want to call and find out more about a service. Recruiters have to wade through hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes and if yours does not stand out, then you are not likely to get that all important interview call.

So how can you learn to write a good resume? There is a lot of advice available on the internet – some are good and some are totally wrong. Some are by experts and some by people who have just some basic knowledge about writing resumes. Some advice may be relevant for your industry and some may not at all be suitable.

So how will you know what to follow and what to ignore? This is where SoaringEagles comes in. SoaringEagles teaches you how to write a good resume. In this course, you not just learn how to write a good resume, but also learn why the content needs to be presented in a certain way. This way you are not blindly following some template. This course will help you develop resume writing skills which will serve you for a lifetime.

After all, no one can tell you story better than you.

More importantly, SoaringEagles offers this course online as well which means that you can learn how to write a good resume from anywhere and at a time convenient to you. The course has a series of videos and assignments. At the end, you go away with a well written resume that has been reviewed by the experts at SoaringEagles and is sure to get you that important interview call.

To know more schedule a free consultation by clicking the button above.