Describe a successful businessperson you know IELTS Cue Card

Describe a successful businessperson you know IELTS Cue Card


Describe a successful businessperson you know
(e.g. running a family business)
You should say:

  • Who this person is
  • How you knew him/her
  • What business he/she does
  • And explain why he/she is successful

Sample 1

There is no denying this conviction that running a successful business is a daunting task. I am fortunate to know a successful person in business who has carved out a niche to become the best in his domain.

Who this person is
He is Mr.Andrew.

How you knew him
I know him from my childhood. He was my senior in school, and I used to visit him for any problem related to my studies.

What business he does
He does a catering business specializing in wedding celebrations.

And explain why he is successful.
He is successful for many reasons. Firstly, despite a humble beginning, he always dreamt of doing something substantial. He never let his poor financial background deter his dreams. He worked with determination, dedication, and discipline in his first job. From that experience, he started his food business by beginning a small fast-food outfit, which was a failure.

The initial failure did not deter him, and he again joined a job with a catering company; from there, he learned the tricks of the trade. He left the job after two years and made another entry into business by launching his own catering company. The failure of the last venture helped him make informed decisions, and his career entered an impressive growth trajectory.

Now, he is a seasoned businessman with a workforce of 1,000 people working under his aegis. Despite gaining enormous success, he always remains humble and gives respect to every person. In short, his success has not made him an egoist person.

So, he is successful because he knows that by remaining loyal and providing top-class service, any business can grow by leaps and bounds.

Sample 2

I have met various successful people throughout my life, but I will talk about a person who is my childhood friend, and I am fortunate enough to work in his company.

He always thinks beyond the conventional domain. He has excellent culinary skills and can serve the same dish with different garnishing methods. He is running his successful food industry business and has employed people who earn their bread and butter solely from his venture.

He has various responsibilities, and he has honed his skills in cooking. He can cook Italian, Mexican, Indian, and Chinese food, and that too in a delicious way. He has heaps of his experience. He can cook mouth-watering delicious.

Moreover, I came in contact with him after my secondary education because I had lost contact as I had gone for my higher studies. When I contacted him, I learned about him and that he is a successful person, and I always seek flashes of inspiration from him.

Moreover, he has always insisted I run a business instead of doing the job because he thinks it could bring a paradigm shift in my life. He is the most successful person I know, and I want to work under his tutelage.


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 successful businessperson you know IELTS Cue Card”.

1. What factors lead to success? 

Success depends mainly on luck and effort. Some people succeed just because of their good fortune, like being born into an affluent family, winning the lottery, or starting a business in the right market environment where they can have a product market fit without effort.

On the contrary, some people succeed through hard work with determination, dedication, and discipline. Their persistence creates enough opportunities for them, and they climb the ladder to success by making full use of the chances given to them,

2. What do people need to sacrifice for success? 

People need to sacrifice instant gratification for success. Activities like playing games or watching movies provide us with a lot of entertainment. But for a person who has decided to get hit, all joy is secondary, and his goal is primary.

3. Which family businesses or large corporations are more likely to be successful?

Both can be successful, but family businesses have higher chances of success because the partners in such ventures do not work for vested interests and do their best to lead their startups towards an impressive growth trajectory.

 4. Is it easy for a business to be successful without affecting the environment?

For a business, it is challenging to be successful without affecting the environment because to make progress, the companies have to expand, and for that, they need to indulge in deforestation, Excessive use of plastic, heavy usage of transportation, etc.

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