Describe an experience you had as a member of a team

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an experience you had as a member of a team.

You should say:
What it was?
Who were the members of the team?
What role did you play in this team?
And explain how you achieved your goal?

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 Answer 1 :

Introduction :

Well, according to my perception, the team plays a vital role in achieving tasks at both personal and professional levels. I strongly believe in the proverb that ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’. I have experienced being part of numerous amazing teams since childhood. Moreover, I must admit that all my experiences were fabulous.

What it was?

However, today I would like to talk about a situation when I collaborated with a team during my college term, which changed my life immensely.

It was about a couple of years ago when I was in the last semester of my Management studies. Although I was doing great academically, one thing that haunted me was public speaking.

Who were the members of the team?

I mean to say, I had a phobia of public speaking, and I used to fumble a lot. Out of the blue, one day, my professor called me along with another four students from other streams and informed us that we were nominated by him to do a team presentation on Interpersonal Skills, at the college level.

I felt as if I was on cloud nine to get that golden opportunity as getting selected out of 120 students is not a piece of cake. Yet, the other moment I started to have blues, thinking of how I am going to work in a group of strange people. I believe everyone had the same opinion that it was a hard nut to crack until we met and started to work together.

What role did you play in this team?

Since I had an excellent presentation skill, I worked on preparing slides with the help of another student. The others were skilled at orating and follow-up skills, so we collaborated amazingly to utilize everyone’s strengths. Furthermore, we brainstormed all the possible ways to deal with each other weaknesses.

And explain how you achieved your goal?

All my team members helped me to overcome the fear of public speaking by boosting my morale. Unexpectedly, everything went smoothly that day, although I was nervous. That day I realized, if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Conclusion :

I was thrilled to bits when our professor appreciated for our teamwork, cooperation along with exceptional team bonding. Moreover, my stage fright was gone since then, which was the most significant achievement for me.

Model Answer 2 :

Introduction :

  • Have had both positive and negative experiences while working in teams.
  • Today I will talk about the best experience I’ve had.
  • I think it was since I had a good connection with the group members and also because the role, I undertook was something that I liked a lot.

What it was?

  • At 12th standard as a part of the course of economics, our class has been given a team project.

Who were the members of the team?

  • My instructor made groups of 3 members and the group members were chosen randomly.
  • Regrettably, I didn’t know any of the other group members in my group.
  • I mean that I knew their names but nothing more than that.
  • We were permitted to pick the subject of the job ourselves.
  • So, we picked the topic of global economic crisis during 2007-2008.
  • All of us were very curious about what happened for such a large crisis and why India wasn’t very affected.

What role did you play in this team?

  • You could say that I was the nerd from the group, so I had been given the part of collecting information.
  • However, both the other group members also assisted.
  • I remember how we spent every afternoon sitting and reading books on the topic in the library.
  • It was this section that we three became really great friends.
  • I accumulated all of the information and then it all into divided different parts and wrote it.
  • The last area of the job was group demonstration.

And explain how you achieved your goal?

  • I had been really fearful as I found speaking in front of people really daunting.
  • However, my team mates really helped me then. I Believe we practiced giving the demonstration three four times and that left me much more confident.

Conclusion:

  • I believe we all did really well in the presentation because only two groups obtained an A grade in the presentation and we were among those two.

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 an experience you had as a member of a team”.

1. Would you like to work alone or work with a partner?

I enjoy working independently since I kind of hate being dependent upon other people. However, it also depends upon the team members. If I have a Fantastic rapport with all the group members, I find it quite enjoyable.

2. What type of people are good to use?

The most important quality I try to look for in team members would be sincerity. I mean sincerity with work. I’ve sadly worked with a lot of Individuals who procrastinate endlessly, and I really dislike working with such people.

3. Do you enjoy team work or group studying?

Yes, group learning/work is certainly enjoyable because it involves sharing of ideas and discussions. Working/Studying alone sometimes can be very boring. But occasionally it is also irritating especially if some of the group members like talking a lot because then I get distracted.

4. What are the benefits of studying alone?

The largest benefit of studying alone definitely is that we can concentrate better. So, It’s more effective to study independently. Another advantage of studying alone is the flexibility it What I mean is that we can study whenever or where we need, and we could study at our speed.

5. What can children learn through teamwork?

The most important benefit I feel is children learn how to cooperate and work alongside others. This is really valuable in adult life when people have to work together on projects.

6. What are the disadvantages of working in a group?

I think, firstly, functioning in a group can be really inefficient because We Must work at common set speed. Secondly, it occasionally leads to sense of jealousy in the event another members aren’t very sincere in their work and we’re dependent upon them to finish their job.

7. Is it great to have differences within a group?

Nicely both no and yes. Yes, because staff differences make sure more time is spent deliberating on issues, so there are less odds of mistakes. No, because having differences means it slows things down.

8. What are key skills and abilities necessary to be prosperous in a team?

I think that the major skill required to achieve success is the ability to work well with others. People should be accommodating, but also not so accommodating they shed their voice. What I mean is they should be open to ideas of others but also express their thoughts and reservations about ideas of others.

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