Describe a time when missed or were late for an important meeting/event IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when missed or were late for an important meeting/event IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when missed or were late for an important meeting/event IELTS Cue Card

IELTS CUE CARD TOPIC

Describe a time when missed or were late for an important meeting/event

You should say:

  • When it happened
  • What happened
  • Why you missed/were late for it
  • And explain how you felt about this experience

Sample Answer

Being punctual, I leave no stone unturned to arrive on time for important meetings and events. However, there are some situations when it is beyond your control to arrive on time. 

I have been late in many scenarios. One such instance is worth mentioning. It happened six months back when I had to attend a meeting in New Delhi. It was winter, and I was going via train to attend that meeting. On the way, there was a lot of fog. 

The train started moving at a deficient speed, so the meeting was about to begin at 10. But my train reached New Delhi at 12, and it took me half an hour to get to the office. So, I reached my office at 12:30. 

I was late for two and a half hours, which was a bad experience for me because I did not get much time to speak in the meeting because I was late, so my turn was over. Moreover, I lost the chance of getting promoted because my appraisal was due that day.

But since I was late, the manager who had to interview me went without meeting me, again a disappointment. Thirdly, in that whole scenario, it was not my fault. So I had to pay the price because of the delay in getting the train.

But in the end, I accepted it, and after two months again, a meeting happened. There, I arrived on time and gave a presentation. I also received an appraisal,  a salary hike, and a promotion. So, all in all, the delay in reaching the meeting did not affect me professionally.

Follow-ups

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 time when missed or were late for an important meeting/event”.

Are you a punctual person? 

Yes, I am a punctual person. I wake up early in the morning, do my work by myself, and come to do my studies on time. 

Do you think it is essential to be on time? 

Yes, it is essential to be on time because if you are always late, then your work can be done late , and you will always be  tired and feel stressed that I am getting late , so you should arrive before the time.

Do you always avoid being late? 

Yes, I always avoid being late because I do not prefer to be late . After all, it does not make me feel happy and others. So I like to get up early and  reach the place. 

Why are people often late for meetings or appointments? 

People are not able to wake up early in the morning. It is the main reason  they are having parties or sleeping late at night. So they are not able to wake up early in the morning, and they are getting late for meetings and everything. 

Are people in your country often late for meetings? 

In our country, people are often late for meetings because if we see the politicians, they are also 2-3 hours late. Many big business people are late to the given time because they are busy or doing other work and do not give importance to that. 

Do you think people are born with time management skills, or can they develop them? 

People are not born with time management skills; they have to develop them. They can be created at a young age when the mother can prepare the children for school very early.

She can make her routine very efficient so that the children adopt these routines all over their lives. 

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