IELTS Cue Card Sample 197 - A famous person you would like to meet

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

A famous person you would like to meet.

You should say:

  • who is he/ she
  • why do you want to meet him/ her
  • why he is famous

and explain what would you do if you meet him/ her.

Possible Answer:
In my to-meet list, there are so many famous persons whom I dream to meet and spend some time with. There are several scientists, actors, actress, political leaders, poets, IT specialists, business founders, sports person, writers and journalists in this list but Paulo Coelho is the person whom I would like to meet first.  

He is a famous Brazilian lyricist and novelist who has become one of the most widely read authors in the world. I am a great fan of his writing, enjoyed and deeply touched by most of his writing and that's why I want to meet him in person to talk about those stories and to know about the person who actually has got a brilliant way of storytelling.

I read the book 'Alchemist' by him more than once and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an inspiring and thought provoking book and the writer has been able to tell the story in a fascinating way. This book has been translated into 67 different languages and has got numerous positive and critically acclaimed reviews. I know very little about the man behind this amazing stories and that's why I want to meet him - to know more about him. I place him in a highly esteemed position. I have enjoyed his many books including 'The Alchemist', 'The Valkyries', 'Eleven Minutes', 'The Zahir’ so much that I wanted to meet the person who wrote those truly amazing stories.

Writers are dream-catchers and possess a magical power of blending the truth and imagination to create a story. Storytelling and giving them lives is a very difficult task. Paulo Coelho is a gifted writer who can easily absorb readers' attention to his powerful stories. His books are page-turners and would always make the reader to desire read more. I have been so mesmerised by his story that I would like to meet the real person who tells us the stories. I'd like to know his thoughts and opinions on many things and would like to spend some time with one of my favourite writers.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would also enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a famous sports person you know about.
  2. Describe a famous celebrity in your country.
  3. Describe a person you want to spend time with.

Follow-up Questions:

Q. How to make a good first impression (informal situation)

Answer: Today I will talk about how to make a good first impression. I will talk about why it is important, and what you can do to help create a good impression when you meet someone for the first time.

There is a saying ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’! This is true and that is why it is important to make a good first impression. If you make a bad first impression it can be difficult to change in future. When you meet someone for the first time they will form an opinion of you based on how you look, how you behave and what you say. Lots of people are nervous when meeting other people for the first time. If you remember this it will help you to be more confident. Body language is very important. If you smile and look friendly, then most people will smile and be friendly in return. However, in some countries body language can be a bit different. For example, in some cultures you should look someone directly in the eye to be polite, in other cultures, it is rude to make direct eye contact and could be disrespectful. Try to notice how the other person is reacting to you. For example, if they look uncomfortable perhaps you are standing too close, or if they look confused, perhaps they do not understand what you are saying!

If you are meeting someone for the first time in an informal or social situation, then the most important thing is to smile. Think about how you could introduce yourself. You might say your name and what you do, and then ask the other person something about themselves. This can be a great way to start a conversation, people will appreciate it if you are interested in them too. Usually, in informal situations people do not shake hands, they may just nod and say ‘hello’, but if you are not sure what to do, follow the lead of the other person. If they offer out a hand then they are expecting you to shake it. Sometimes people will move forward to hug you at a party even if you have not met them before, then it is OK to hug them back!

If you think about when you have met someone new, try to remember what impression they made on you and why. If they smiled a lot, were friendly and enthusiastic you probably liked them straight away. Try to create that positive first impression with everyone new that you meet and you will find you make lots of new friends and widen your network easily!

( Written by - Lucy Marris )

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