Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way IELTS Cue Card

Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way

Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way


Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way

Who this person is?

What the problem was?

How he/she solved it?

And explain why you think he/she did it in a smart way?

Sample Answer 1


In this contemporary epoch, smartness has made inroads in people’s lives. Only those people who follow the impressive growth trajectory go beyond the conventional domain to tackle the pressing problems surrounding us.

I have had the opportunity to see the smart way of handling a grave concern by a seasoned entrepreneur.

Who this person is?

The name of the person is Mr Andrew. He owns a restaurant in my city.

What the problem was?

Mr Andrew is a rage to riches story. Despite a humble beginning, his business has grown by leaps and bounds.

Although Andrew’s business was doing good, he used to feel dishearted with the wastage his restaurant would generate every day.

He had instructed his manager to find a viable solution to address this issue. His team had tried a lot by creating awareness and giving rewards, but all efforts went in vain.

How did he/she solved it?

Upon seeing his team’s failure, Mr Andrew had realized that he needed to do something out of the box. To do so, he had changed the menu, and he started charging according to the weight of the eatables. For instance, the customers had to order 500 gms pizza instead of a large pizza.

This paradigm shift led to a tremendous decline in food wastage because now customers pay for the quantity of the eatable they order. And to save money the customers order as per their need and do not waste food.

His smart idea has worked like a charm, and now his restaurant generates minimal wastage.

And explain why you think he/she did it smartly?

He did it smartly because of his love for the environment. He knows the importance of food, and according to him, the greatest sin is food wastage.

Sample Answer 2


Being an altruist person, I tend to meet people with different talents and backgrounds. Due to this habit, I have met many people who possess some special talent. Recently I met a person who has carved out a niche for himself but doing smart work.

Who this person is?

The name of this person is Mr Gordon. He is my next-door neighbour.

What the problem was?

Recently his company assigned him a task to devise a plan to deal with the plastic waste in the city.

How did he/she solved it?

To solve this problem, he went beyond the conventional domain. He was smart enough to realize that some out of the strategy would be required to take care of this grave concern of plastic waste disposal.

To do so, he had made a tie-up with rag pickers and instructed them to deposit all the plastic waste with his company. The collected plastic would then be converted into flower pots of different sizes and different colours.

The rag pickers would get these flower pots free of cost for the hard work done by them. They would later sell these products in the market to earn money.

This strategy had worked like a charm for him and led to a tremendous decline in the quantity of plastic waste in our city.

And explain why you think he/she did it smartly?

He decided to do it smartly to prove the point that all problems have a solution. The only thing we need to do so is to change our attitude towards the issues surrounding us.


This smart work of Mr Gordon made me an optimistic person.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way”.

1. Do you think children are born smart or do they learn to become smart?

Although some children are born smart, others too can develop this trait. Smartness thrive primarily on the environment you live in, those who remain in the company of those who think beyond the conventional domain turn out to be smarter than the rest.

2. How do children become smart at school?

Children can turn out to be smart individuals by handling the conflicts in their lives adroitly. Apart from this, they should pay enough heed to the teachings of their teachers and seniors to lead their lives towards an impressive growth trajectory through their smartness.

3. Why are some people well-rounded and others only good at one thing?

Some people have inquisitive nature, they try their hand at all things and gain basic knowledge of all the fields. On the other hand, few people tend to work in their field of interest, and they leave no stone unturned to carve out a niche for themselves in a specific domain.

4. Why does modern society need talent of all kinds?

In this contemporary epoch, there is a paradigm shift in the needs of society. Modern society has become complex due to the influx of technology. To take care of the changing needs of such a vibrant society, talent from all the domains are in demand.

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