At the briefing, can anyone enlighten me with regards to the current current affairs topics they are likely to give you at the moment? I keep up to date generally but if anyone can be more specific, Ild appreciate it.
I just did my Main board a few weeks ago and thankfully passed. The best advice i can give is do what you usually do: Listen to radio on way to work in the car, watch the evening or late news. Occasionally if you are bored watch BBC news channel and go on BBC website for news. Also read "The Week" it is invaluable.
you do get topics which may not be current but are pertinent like Obesity etc... or Stem cells so read up on a wide variety of things. Don't stress it and just participate.
We chose our own topics at my briefing too. The group leader starts you off, then asks each member of the group to suggest a topic. A good tip is to discuss the topics you will bring up with your group beforehand and that way no one gets caught out!
Another thing to bear in mind is if you're quiet you will be called to speak out. So if there's a topic you are familiar with, speak then. Otherwise you'll A) look like a tw@t for being called out and B) look like a tw@t for not knowing what people are talking about.
On the other side of it, however, DON'T speak too much, especially if you have nothing to say, as it's a discussion, your lecturrette comes later.
^ Think in terms of Value Added aswell, if your not adding value to the discussion; what your saying probably isn't.....worth saying. The Officers running the group will definetly notice you talking for the sake of talking.