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Describe a time when you were very busy

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 275 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you were very busy.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • what you had to do during that time
  • how you managed it
and explain how you felt about being much busy.  

[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 1:
I am a part-time sales executive at a multinational computer hardware selling showroom. I had to remain busy last month, on 24th to be more specific, as there was a huge pressure on sales. In fact, it was the greatest sale of the year as the company declared a 50 percent off with all of its products marking its 50th anniversary.

The sale began from the morning after the shop was opened. People rushed into the showroom. As I am a part-timer, I came in the afternoon and the sales pressure began. I have never seen such a rush in the shop before. A wide number of people arrived at the outlet and purchased their necessary items. They were happy with the reduced amount of the products. And it was really a happy event for them that they are having the pricy products within half of the price. Even some of the customers have bought a pair of products and gadgets.

I had to serve the clients and provide them with the necessary guidance. Besides, I was responsible for checking the stealing. Last year, the shop authority had experienced the events of stealing and thus they are aware of the issue this year. They asked me to be much careful. Besides, I was also responsible for welcoming the customers and clients to the shop and show them the necessary things they are in need of. But I also had to do some other tasks simultaneously. I had to organise the disorderly products, keep the inventory neat and clean and the other relevant tasks. So, to complete all the required tasks, I had to remain busy always. Further, I had to move from here and there inside the shop to take care of the entire responsibilities.

It was hard for me to manage the entire activities. In fact, I became tired of performing the duties one after another. But, I had no ways left except doing the duties until my duty hours were over. I had passed a hefty day indeed. I followed a structure to manage the activities. Firstly, I checked the monitors of CCTV to check if everything was going right. When I found no suspicious activities, then I came out of the monitoring room. Meeting and greeting the clients was the second step of my responsibility. So, I had to wait beside the main entrance to greet the potential clients. When someone entered the shop, I welcomed them and asked to assist them by showing the products and appliances available at the shop. When they selected their necessary product or appliance, my duty was over and I handed them to another sales executive.

Initially, I felt that I want a relief. But being a busy person has some interesting benefits. When someone becomes busy with any activity, time passes smoothly. It appears that time flies away in those moments. I was unable to track the time yesterday. I entered the shop at 4.00pm and my duty ended at 10.00pm. In other days, time does not want to pass but the experience was completely different last night. Besides, meeting with newer people and describing them about the advantages and features of the products was really interesting and enjoyable. In the other ordinary days, there is no such rush of sales and working hours appear dull. I really enjoyed the busy working hours and want to remain busy always like that day.



Model Answer 2:
This is a great topic to talk about and thank you for this. Last summer, I had to arrange a college competition in Paris. So, I had to be very occupied during the whole week. I remained busy from the dawn till the dusk. In fact, arranging a cultural fest is not easy as pie. I had to do almost all the things and I was alone. Though some of the fellow students helped me, I had to take care of everything.

Initially, I was assigned to make a plan and select a team to complete the tasks. But unluckily, I could not get the right candidates to help me out in the process. As a result, I had to be alone and did all the things. The planning of the program began on the previous night and I slept a little that night. Then the tasks started in the morning and I jumped in that. This process continued the whole week

Managing the entire event was not easy as it sounds. I face difficulties with the arrangement of guests and participants. Besides, I had to plan for the prizes and took necessary steps to get them ordered and delivered right before the prize giving ceremony. Further, I was also responsible to fix the venue inside the college campus. Finally, everything was done but there was some lack of coordination. 

The feeling was mixed. At a stage, I thought to give up everything as no one assisted me during the planning and preparation process. But I did not give up and did the thing with my determination. So, it was a success. And the most important thing is that I was awarded for the event later and was highly praised too. But I admit it was a terrific week for me indeed. Only my mental strength and willpower kept me standing during the entire event.

Idea generation for this Cue Card topic: 

"Describe a time when you were very busy." 

Everyone passes busy moments in their life and actually, there are no specific time or reasons to be busy. This cue card is about describing such an issue. Here are some other cue card answer hints for the candidates to create their own ideas and answer the cue card efficiently.

1. The night before the semester final exam this year was horrible. I had passed a sleepless time and tried completing the texts. But you know, this is really hard to complete all the lessons overnight. In fact, I was unable to focus on studies while caring about the music.

2. I went to a picnic at my college but could not enjoy. It happened because I had to be very busy for organizing everything. I also had to supervise some other teams related to picnic preparation. Therefore, I had to be very busy during the picnic day.

3. Inviting guests is enjoyable but entertaining them is terrible. I had to cook foods for some of my relatives from India and I could not pass some quality times with them. They wanted to have some traditional Indian foods and I prepared them home. I had to pass very busy moments for cooking.

4. I work for a daycare organization which takes care of children during the daytime in absence of their parents. I work five days and last week I had to spend a busy day during the last weekend. I attended office for some special purposes and it was some sort of emergencies.

5. Driving cars is my passion but last weekend, I had to spend some busy times with my car. It needed servicing and I took to the nearest service centre. Unluckily, it took more times than I expected and I had to be busy in assisting with servicing process.

6. My boss asked me to make a presentation about future marketing strategies. He gave me some necessary documents to prepare the presentation. I had to overwork that day and passed very busy moments after office hours to complete the presentation.

7. I always complete my home works and assignments in due time but missed to take them in the college class. Consequently, I had to complete them in front of the teacher after the class hours. The moments were too busy that even I cannot attend phone calls until the tasks were done.

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