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

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do 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: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

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

Model Answer:


  • I think there are many times that we need to encourage or push others to step outside their comfort zone.
  • Recently, one of my friends, Ravi and I went to Rishikesh.
  • And I persuaded him to do something that he was really hesitant about trying at first.
  • We went to Rishikesh during the winter vacations.
  • We were locked up during the Covid period, and so we both wanted a break.
  • Our plan was mainly sightseeing.
  • However, there we came to know that Rishikesh is famous for adventure sports like paragliding and cliff diving.
  • I was really excited when I heard about it and really wanted to try them.

Who he or she is?

  • But my friend is slightly afraid of heights.
  • So, he refused to try them.
  • Since my childhood, I have known him, and I knew that he would really regret not doing trying them out later.

What you encouraged him/her to do?

  • It was also an opportunity for him to get over his fear.
  • So, I encouraged him to try it.

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

  • Initially, he just simply refused.
  • I just kept telling him about all the safety precautions.
  • So, I thought the best way would be to talk to some people who had done them before.
  • Talking to a few of them at the paragliding site, calmed him a bit.
  • They all spoke about how safe it was, and some even called it one of the best experienced of their life.
  • After listening to them, I felt my friend was a little more willing to try.
  • He just needed a little nudge.
  • So, I said I would go first, and if all goes well, he has to follow.
  • Frankly speaking, I wasn’t sure whether he would actually do it.
  • But he did.
  • It was really a great experience.
  • My friend was also really happy and proud of doing it.
  • But when I asked if we could do it again, I got a loud NO.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time when you encouraged someone to do someone to do something that he/she didn’t want to do”.

Q1. How could leaders encourage their employees?
There are many ways by which leaders and managers can encourage employees like leading through example, incentives and appreciation.
I think each individual is wired differently. So, while one method may work for some people, it may not work for another person.

Q2. When should parents encourage their children?
I think parents should always encourage their children. However, children need encouragement, especially if they are afraid of failing or trying out something new.
Parents should tell them that success is secondary and trying is a much bigger achievement.

Q3. What kind of encouragement should parents give?
I think parents can encourage their children in many ways. If children are afraid of embarrassment, parents can do the same thing in front of children first. For example, once in school, one of my friends’ father encouraged him to dance by himself dancing. However, I think the biggest achievement is supporting children when trying something new and telling them that success does not matter as long as they try something.

Q4. Do you think some people are better at persuading others?
Yes, I think some people can motivate others much better. I think it depends upon emotional intelligence. If people can understand other people’s emotions, they can understand better and motivate them.

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