Hopefully this is a helpful blog post in terms of useful ideas about dealing with difficult decisions that we all have to make sometimes, and also to help you speak about this topic clearly in English. As you can see below, this is also quite a common IELTS speaking topic (IELTS Speaking: Describe an important decision).

In the reading links, the authors talk about strategies to deal with uncertainty. In essence, they recommend accepting that uncertainty is a natural part of life; if we remind ourselves that we are mentally and emotionally strong enough to deal with changes and new situations, then we can cope much better with making a decision. Another good idea that appears in both reading links is to focus on something like art or music in order to feel less stressed. Meditation and mindfulness are also things that the authors recommend as ways to get rid of the anxiety that an uncertain situation can create.

The listening link is particularly interesting. It is a TED Talk presentation by a philosopher who specialises in studying decision making. She says that regardless of the hard decisions we have to make, we become the person we are through these decisions; they are important in helping to shape us as a person. As such, it becomes easier to embrace decisions because regardless of what we decide, we will always take the necessary follow-up steps to justify a particular decision. We create the reasons for that decision ourselves because it relates to the type person we want to be.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2:

Describe an important decision/ choice that you made in your life.
You should say:

What the decision was
When you took the decision
What the results of the decision was and whether it was a good choice.
and explain why it was an important decision or choice for you.

Follow-up Questions (Part 3):

How do parents’ decisions affect their children’s life?
What important things do you consider while taking a big decision?

 

Reading

Dealing with uncertainty 

7 ways to deal with uncertainty 

 

Listening

 

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