Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do


Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do


Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do.

You should say
Who he or she is?
What you encouraged him/her to do?
How he/she reacted?
And explain why you encouraged him/her?

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 Answer 1


  • Being an altruistic person, I have this habit of helping others.

Who he or she is?

  • Last year I encouraged my younger sister to step outside her comfort zone.

What you encouraged him/her to do?

  • Due to the corona pandemic, the government imposed a strict lockdown in our nation.
  • Because of that, we all family members remained confined to the comfort of our time.
  • During that time, my sister had gained enormous weight and looked bulky
  • Since the gyms were closed, she was not willing to do exercise at home.
  • At that time, I advised her to do running inside our township to lose weight.

How he/she reacted? And explain why you encouraged him/her?

  • To my dismay, she had disagreed and told me that for her running is a turbulent task.
  • Being her elder brother, I was really worried about her health and wanted her to do running in any case.
  • I made her read a book called “The compound effect” by Darren Hardy.
  • The writer of this book has set a principle to do daunting tasks.
  • And that is to take tiny steps every day, to climb the ladder of success.
  • Based on the technique prescribed in this book, I advised her to just run for 50 metres per day for one week.
  • To my surprise, she agreed.
  • Since running such a small distance was a cakewalk for her, she did it with tremendous ease.
  • Next week I increased her target to 100 metres, to which she immediately agreed.
  • For the next two months, I kept on increasing her target.
  • To her surprise, she lost 15 kgs weight in a short period of four months. This is how I had encouraged my sister to do something that he/she didn’t want to do.

Sample Answer 2


  • There is no denying this conviction that on numerous occasions, we need to motivate others to come out of their comfort zones
  • One such situation came when I had gone to Tatta Pani with my bosom friend Andrew.
  • There I convinced him to participate in adventurous activities 
  • Our visit to Tatti Pani was during the winter break.
  • Due to Corona Pandemic, we didn’t have many outings for a long time. Hence that trip was special to us
  • Our initial plan was to focus on sightseeing.
  • However, upon reaching Tatta Pani, we realized that this place has carved a niche for itself in adventure sports.
  • Being an adventurous person, I wanted to try all the activities like paragliding and rock climbing.

Who he or she is?

  • When I had gone to buy the tickets, my friend told me that he would not accompany me for adventure sports.
  • Being his bosom friend, I wanted him to be a part of all the activities So that we could cherish the moments together.

What you encouraged him/her to do?

  • I encouraged him to participate in river rafting.

How he/she reacted? And explain why you encouraged him/her?

  • In the beginning, he said a blunt no to me.
  • However, I persisted and had appraised him regarding the safety equipment. But that did not interest him
  • So, I thought of taking reviews from those who had participated in this activity.
  • After getting positive reviews, Andrew gained confidence
  • He accompanied me in the boat
  • With various twists and turns, we finished the activity. 
  • To my surprise, Andrew enjoyed the whole experience
  • The primary reason for encouraging Andrew was to make him conquer his fear.

Sample Answer 3


Being an optimistic person, I always encourage others to go beyond the conventional domain to carve out a niche for themselves.

Recently I motivated one of my friends to break the shackles and come out of the comfort zone.

Who he or she is?

He is my bosom friend. His name is Gordon.

What you encouraged him/her to do?

We both studied together for 15 years. Apart from this, Gordon is my next-door neighbour since my childhood.

Since he was in a state of turmoil due to a severe financial crunch, I decided to help him.

Being his best buddy, I was aware of his strengths and weaknesses 

From childhood Gordon has this innate ability of singing, moreover, God has blessed him with a melodious voice.

Despite such a skill set, he was not able to do justice to his talent. The apparent reason for him not becoming a playback singer was his fear of giving a public performance.

To make him sing in public, I make him read a book by the name of “Awaken the giant within”.According to the principles described in the book, people can gain success in life by changing their long-held beliefs.

After reading the book, Gordon realized his mistake and participated in a music reality show.

He won the best singer award, and these days he is raking in big bucks through his singing talent.

How did he/she react?

She thanked me for bringing a paradigm shift into her life.

And explain why you encouraged him/her?

I encouraged him because my parents have always taught me to help our near and dear ones.

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 time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do”.

Q1. How could leaders encourage their employees?

There are numerous methods through which leaders and managers can motivate employees like setting the right precedent, rewards and recognition.

There is no denying this conviction that personality differs from person to person. Due to this, one method may give fruitful results for a set of people, while the same may yield adverse results from others.

Q2. When should parents encourage their children?

In my opinion, parents should motivate their children regularly. But, the highest need for encouragement arises, when children are afraid of failing or they wish to try something new.

Parents should tell them that their central focus should be on participation and giving their best. If children work with determination, dedication and discipline success would eventually come.

Q3. What kind of encouragement should parents give?

 Parents can motivate their children through numerous methods. There is no denying this conviction that children do not follow their parent’s advice, rather they follow the examples set by their parents. Hence to encourage children parents must bring a change in their lifestyle too so that the children also feel motivated to follow their parents.

Q4. Do you think some people are better at persuading others?

Persuading others is a skill that only a few people possess. In most cases, it is an inborn quality. However, by working hard any person can acquire it

IELTS new cue cards 2021

1Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful IELTS cue card
2Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media
3Describe a live sports match that you have watched
4Describe a leisure activity near/on the sea that you want to try IELTS cue card
5Describe an occasion when many people were smiling
6Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in
7Describe a street market in your city
8Describe an activity that you do after school/work IELTS cue card
9Describe a time when you helped a friend
10Describe a law on environmental protection
11Describe a puzzle you have played
12Describe a natural talent you want to improve like sports music
13Describe a piece of local news that people are interested in
14Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do
15Describe an argument between two of your friends
16Describe a tall building in your city you like or dislike IELTS cue card
17Describe a plan in your life that is not related to work or study IELTS cue card
18Describe someone older than you, whom you admire IELTS cue card
19Describe a time when you felt bored
20Describe the time when you had to sing a song or a poem in front of a public
21Describe a time when you changed your opinion
22Describe an occasion when you ate a kind of food for the first time
23Describe a place/person/home you like to visit but you don’t want to live there
24Describe a time when you had to wait in a long line
25Describe a skill that you can teach other people
26Describe a part of a city or a town you enjoy spending time in
27Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal
28Describe a time when you shared something with others IELTS cue card
29Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone IELTS cue card
30Describe a decision made by others or someone that you disagreed with
31Describe a time when your computer broke down
32Describe a company where you live that employs a lot of people IELTS cue card
33Describe a person who you think is very open
34Describe a person who wears unusual clothes
35Describe a short trip that you often take but you do not like
36Describe your first day at school
37Describe an art exhibition that you visited
38Describe a piece of international news you have just recently heard
39Describe an unforgettable bike(bicycle) trip
40Describe a piece of equipment that is important in your home IELTS cue card
41Describe a bag you want to own
42Describe a time when you needed to use your imagination
43Describe a time when you told your friend an important truth
44Describe a time you saw children behave badly in public
45Describe your favourite weather
46Describe your favourite singer IELTS cue card
47Describe a computer/phone game you enjoy playing since your childhood
48Describe an expensive activity that you enjoy doing occasionally
49Describe a thing you bought and you are happy about
50Describe an aquatic animal
51Talk about a health condition that you had and found a solution for it online IELTS Cue Card
52Describe an occasion when you wasted your time
53Describe a family which you like and are happy to know
54Describe a time when you received good news
55Describe a time when you first talked in a foreign language IELTS cue card
56Describe a special hotel you stayed in
57Talk about a time when you gave advice to someone
58Describe a perfect job you would like to have in the future
59Describe a book you read that you found useful or Describe an exciting book you read.
60Describe an old person you know and respect
61Describe an event you attended in which you didn’t like the music played
62Describe an old friend you got in contact with again
63Describe an interesting conversation that you had
64Describe a time you made a promise to someone
65Describe a person who helps others in his or her spare time
66Describe a good decision you made recently
67Describe a risk you have taken which had a positive result
68Describe an ambition that you have for a long time
69Describe something or someone that made a lot of noise
70Describe an interesting tradition in your country.
71Describe an event in which you were unsuccessful.
72Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time
73Describe a town or city where you would like to live in the future
74Describe an intelligent person you know
75Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school IELTS cue card
76Describe a photo of yourself that you like (or you have taken).
77Describe a large company that you are interested in
78Describe a time when a family member asked for your help
79Describe a dinner you really enjoyed
80Describe a time you got lost in a place you did not know about
81Describe a foreign country you want to know more about?
82Describe a volunteering experience you have had
83Describe your favourite movie IELTS cue card
84Talk about a recent health-related article that you have read IELTS cue card
85Describe a time when you were surprised to meet a friend.
86Describe a prize that you received
87Describe a line that you remember from a poem or song
88Describe an article on health you read in a magazine or on the internet
89Describe a polite person whom you know
90Describe a place where you are able to relax
91Describe a conversation topic you were not interested in.
92Describe an energetic person that you know
93Talk about a famous person that you like the most IELTS cue card
94Describe a program or app in your computer or phone
95Describe a special day or a memory of your school or college days
96Describe a water sport you would like to try in the future
97Describe a gadget you own.
98Describe a time when you had some medicine
99Describe a friend/person who is a good leader
100Describe a famous celebrity from your nation who you admire.
101Describe a place you visited that has been affected by pollution
102Describe a famous person that you are interested in
103Describe an area of science that interests you
104Describe a mistake you have made.
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