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Cue Card # A challenge you recently faced

You should say:

  • What was the challenge?
  • When and where did you complete/met it?
  • Why was it difficult?
  • How you felt about it?

Sample Answer 1:

I think life would be very boring without challenges. Challenges not only make life more exciting but also more meaningful.

Today I am going to talk about an assignment in school that challenged me. The assignment was quite daunting for me, as it involved a group presentation. And I am very afraid of public speaking. I am very comfortable when talking with my friends but when I have to talk in front of strangers I choke. And for that assignment, I had to talk 10 minutes on the environment.

I was really worried and so I went to my uncle who regularly gives speeches in public for advice. He told me that the key to a good speech is mastery over the subject matter. So, I spent one whole week memorizing the content. The next thing he told me to do was to divide the topic into different sections. I divided my presentation into five halves of 2 minutes each.

The first half was for introducing the topic and the last half for concluding the topic. The remaining three halves were for the main content. After breaking the speech into sections, I felt a lot more confident. My friends also knew about my fear of public speaking and so every evening they used to come to my home and help me prepare.

Slowly, I started feeling that it was doable. I was nervous but I wasn’t worried anymore. When finally, the day of the presentation arrived, I not only gave the whole presentation but also received an A grade for it. My teacher told me that I did a really good job and she actually asked me if I had prior experience of public speaking. That is the day I realized that rather than fearing challenges we should welcome them.

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