IELTS Cue Card: A situation when you forgot about an important meeting

A situation when you forgot about an important meeting

IELTS Cue Card Question 42 With Model Answer: 

Describe a situation when you forgot about an important meeting.

You should say: 
  • when it was
  • what the meeting was about
  • what you did about it later
and explain how you felt about it later.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
Meetings are always important as different necessary and vital decisions are taken in meetings. I had to miss such an important meeting for my mother’s sudden illness.

The meeting was set in the headquarters of my office and I was supposed to be one of the important participants at the meeting. But I had to miss the meeting since I completely forgot about it from the previous night of the meeting. My mother fell ill all on a sudden. She started feeling severe abdominal pain on her lower abdomen right after the midnight. I phoned immediately to the local hospital for an ambulance and then rushed to the hospital with my mother. The doctors observed her for the sometimes and then prescribed some tests to be done immediately. By the time, it was morning and I remained busy with my mother. Suddenly I remembered that I had to attend the meeting.

The meeting was truly important for me as it was about dealing a new contract with a business giant about supplying some materials for their corporation to be used as raw materials for producing cars. My organisation usually supplies different sorts of accessories and tools as raw materials for vehicle production. Since the orders for my company reduced to some significant extent, the meeting was an important one for us. Earlier, we failed to supply the desired amount of materials to the other clients due to product shortage and thus the order slipped in the past quarter, and now we were sufficient to supply them with their required amount of materials. But unfortunately, the meeting could not be successful in the pre-set time for my absence.

I informed my immediate higher authority about the condition of my mother and how busy I was with her during the meeting day. I also told that I will meet the clients in person to make the deals on the next day and considering the entire issue, my office authority allowed me so and set another meeting with the clients at their office where I will be representing my company alone. Then I went in the next day and made the deal with them. The clients were highly pleased with my presentation and promised that they always will collect their required materials from my organisation.

When my mother fell ill, I turned highly busy with her and could not remember that I have any other tasks to do. So, I unintentionally forgot about the meeting with the other corporations. When I remembered that my absence will make a loss for my company, I politely informed the issue to my senior official and he took the necessary measures to make the deal. Initially, I felt sad as the meeting was a failure due to my absence but when there were chances of meeting the clients in person, I thought I could be able to convince them in picking us to meet their production needs. Accordingly, I was able to persuade them about us. I felt joy inside when the clients placed the order and their promise of a longer lasting trading deal with us.