Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting IELTS Cue Card

Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting IELTS Cue Card

Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting IELTS Cue Card


Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting

You should say:

Who is this person?
What they inspired you to do?
How they inspired you?
How do you feel?

NOTE – The examiner gives you one minute to plan your answerand to help you prepare for the topic, the examiner provides you with a pencil and a notepad. You’ll have to answer the questions given on the topic for one-to-two minutes

Sample 1


Being a creative person, I have this habit of doing exciting things. And on many occasions, I have earned accolades for that.

Two years persons, I did an interesting thing by getting inspiration from someone.

Who is this person?

My dad inspired me to go beyond the conventional domain to help others.

What they inspired you to do?

Two years back, there was a lockdown in my nation due to the corona pandemic. Because of low immunity, many senior citizens remained indoors to save their lives.

My father left no stone unturned to provide unabated support to the older adults so they could live their lives with pride and dignity.

I wished to join my father in that noble cause, but he had a better plan for me.

How they inspired you?

He inspired me to create a single platform to help all senior citizens. I formed a Whatsapp group connecting all the senior citizens and vendors from items like groceries and vegetables.

My idea worked like a charm, and the senior citizens felt good after that because instead of calling all vendors one by one for daily needs, they started sending messages.

After a few days, the system went into auto mode and is continuing to date.

How do you feel?

I am happy as a clam because I have done something for the senior citizens who always help the youngsters to lead their lives towards an impressive growth trajectory.

The heaps of experience the elderly have helped us to handle conflicts adroitly by taking advice from them.

Therefore we must help senior citizens during challenging times.

Sample 2


In life, we often go through challenging situations, and in such a scenario, we need inspiration from others to bounce back. I got inspiration from someone worth mentioning in one of my lean phases.

Who is this person?

She is Dr Rimple Sharma, and she works as a dietician.

What they inspired you to do?

I had to stay indoors two years ago due to the corona pandemic. During that time, I indulged in binge eating and gained much weight. Post lockdown, I joined the college, but because I was overweight, people used to pass offensive comments on me.

To lose weight, I joined a gym and did a rigorous exercise for two months, but I did not get the desired result. After that, I tried aerobics and yoga, but the result was the same. Being a failure at weight loss, I went into depression and stopped attending college.

Seeing my plight Dr Rimple Sharma my next-door neighbour, came to my rescue. She inspired me to lose weight under her supervision.

How they inspired you?

She inspired me by explaining to me the process of weight loss. She told me that to lose weight effectively, we need not focus on exercise much; instead, we should focus on mindful eating.

She told me to eat my meals between 7 am to 7 pm to practice intermittent fasting. Although her advice did not convince me, as I had kittens, I decided to try it as I had no other option.

Her advice worked like a charm, and I got the desired result in three months. I got back in shape, and my depression went for a toss.

How do you feel?

I felt good about it because the advice of Dr Rimple Sharma brought a paradigm shift in my life, and I became a confident person.

Sample 3


There is no denying this conviction that doing exciting things is of utmost importance to break the monotony in our lives. Although I have received inspiration from many people, one instance is worth mentioning.

Who is this person?

My mother inspired me to do an exciting activity.

What they inspired you to do?

Last year the world came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic. As there was a lockdown in my nation, I could not go to my office. During that time, my mother inspired me to learn the guitar.

How they inspired you?

She inspired me by becoming my coach. She learned guitar in college and had heaps of experience as a guitarist. Every morning after finishing the household chores, we would sit on the balcony and play it.

As I am an impatient person who could go nuclear on trivial issues, my mother did everything from soups to nuts to encourage me to learn it. Firstly she showed me the videos of famous guitarists who have carved a niche for themselves and led their lives toward an impressive growth trajectory.

Secondly, she described to me how playing the guitar would bring a paradigm shift in my personality by making me a patient person.

Initially, I had kittens because I did not get on swimmingly with playing the guitar, but my mother did not lose hope. She persisted and always remained full of beans while teaching me. Slowly and steadily, I learned the meat and potatoes of playing the guitar, and within six months, I became an expert.

How do you feel?

I feel good about it because playing the guitar makes me a happy camper.


Here are some examples of follow-up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to the cue card “Describe a person who inspired you to do something interesting”.

1. Who motivates children the most?

In the budding years, the parents and the teachers motivate the children the most. However, teenagers start following a role model to lead their careers toward an impressive growth trajectory.

2. How can teachers motivate children?

Teachers can motivate children through various things. Firstly they should conduct pep talks in the class to encourage. Secondly, they must reward children for success and inspire them if they fail.

3. How is it different from teaching kids?

When teachers teach students, the central focus is on learning, which is to get good marks with a clear understanding. On the other hand, motivating the children requires a different approach, in which the educator helps the learners to hone their talents and work on their weaknesses.

4. What should teenagers have?

During our teenage, we have a lot of energy, and it is the bounden duty of our teachers and parents to divert that energy towards worthwhile things. They should motivate the teenagers to focus n their strengths and hone their skill set to lead their careers towards success.

5. Does celebrities inspire youngsters?

There is no denying this conviction that many of society admire celebrities. Many people believe they can lead their lives towards impressive growth by following their favourite star. They take them as their role models and believe that following the ideology of a celebrity can bring a paradigm shift in their lives.

Famous dancer Prabhu Deva is a prime example. After seeing him, many people copied him and followed in his footsteps to become good dancers.


1. Leave no stone unturned

Meaning: Use every possible course of action to do a task.

Sentence: In modern times, multinational companies focus on soft skills instead of domain expertise. Hence, the students must leave no stone unturned to enhance their communication skills.

2. Worth mentioning

Meaning: Important enough to require a comment.

Sentence: The role of electric cars in nosediving pollution is worth mentioning. Due to their usage, the burning of fossil fuels has declined considerably.

3. Binge eating

Meaning: The intake of a large quantity of food in a short time.

Sentence: Indulging in binge eating is an imprudent approach because it inclines our calorie intake and leads to weight gain.

4. Plight

Meaning: an unfortunate or challenging state or situation

Sentence: The Second World War led to disastrous repercussions. Many countries did not pay any attention to the plight of innocent people, who had no role to play in the war but suffered a lot.

5. Happy as a clam

Meaning: Happy One

Sentence: I am happy as a clam whenever I go for a walk because it makes me full of beans; my attitude experiences a sea change.

6. Had kittens

Meaning: Nervous 

Sentence: I had kittens when I tried swimming for the first time, but now I get on swimmingly with it.

7. Go nuclear

Meaning: Angry

Sentence: Earlier, I used to go nuclear over trivial matters, but now I have developed the habit of forgetting and forgiving, and it helps me remain as calm as a cucumber.

8. Get on swimmingly

Meaning: To get on well

Sentence: Despite a humble beginning, I did tremendous hard work to get on swimmingly in my life.

9. Everything from soups to nuts

Meaning: A variety of things.

Sentence: The Wright brothers did everything from soups to nuts to create the world’s first flying machine.

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