Cue Card Sample

When you organized a happy event successfully - Cue Card # 763

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

Describe a time when you organized a happy event successfully.

You should say:

  • what the event was
  • who helped you organize it
  • what you had to do to organise it

and explain why you think it was a successful event.

[Instruction: 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:

I can be called many things, but I don’t think that I can be called an “organizer - like a (political) party organizer or a sports organizer - of anything. This is simply because I just don’t have the required patience or ability to become one. But, still, for some “mysterious reasons”, when my classmates gave me the task to organize a “farewell party” for one of my teachers at the junior college, I just couldn’t say “no” to them.

So, I started to chalk out different kinds of plans to make the event successful and a happy one. Of course, most of my classmates were rather generous in helping me along the way, but I just wasn’t able to put a perfect plan together until I had gone to our senior school supervisor. It was actually that supervisor who made my life easier, as far as organizing that event was concerned, by offering me some advice on how to best design a farewell card for a teacher who is starting a better role at a different school, what kinds of gifts to buy, proper sitting arrangement for the teachers and students, decoration of the auditorium, and so forth.

By the way, to make the event even more special, I also had to dig into the piles of age-old newspapers to find and collect a special picture in which the teacher can be seen receiving the “best teacher’s award” from the city mayor. In fact, it was the memory of this picture which brought little tears to the eyes of our favourite calculus teacher who had taught at our college for almost 10 years without any complaint.

Well, in the end, it was indeed a very happy and successful event because it actually had managed to bring all our school staff together to show some genuine and heartfelt appreciation for the outgoing teacher. Besides, it was a successful event because it had managed to bring back the memories of some of the old but very precious moments that my favourite college had witnessed in the past.

Sample Answer 2:

Organizing events is always a challenging task, but when the event turns out to be successful, it is an extremely rewarding experience. I had the pleasure of organizing a birthday party for a close friend of mine last year, and it was a memorable experience. Here, I will share this experience with you. By the way, thank you very much for the opportunity and time to let me talk about it.

What the event was:
The event was a surprise birthday party for my friend, who was turning 30. It was a milestone birthday, and I wanted to make sure that it was celebrated in style.

Who helped you organize it: 
I organized the party with the help of a few close friends. We made a WhatsApp group to discuss the event and delegate tasks. One of my friends helped me choose the venue, while another friend helped me create a guest list.

What you had to do to organize it:
To organise the event, I had to do a lot of planning and coordination. First, I had to find a suitable venue that was available on the date of the event. Then, I had to create a guest list and send out invitations. I also had to arrange for food, decorations, and music. On the day of the event, I had to coordinate with the venue staff to ensure that everything was set up and ready to go.

And explain why you think it was a successful event:
The event was a success for several reasons. First, my friend was genuinely surprised and happy to see all of his friends in one place. Second, the venue was perfect for the occasion, and the decorations added to the festive atmosphere. Third, the food was delicious, and everyone enjoyed it. I think the event was successful because it brought people together, created happy memories, and celebrated a special occasion in a meaningful way.

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