This is a good read on how to answer to the “management”. The key takeaways can be applied for answering questions during viva, for example.
We’ve often spent hours rehearsing before presenting to upper management, only to freeze when confronted with a tough question from our bosses. All our preparation and carefully curated slides go unacknowledged. It’s our botched responses in the moment that stick.
If you’re presenting to an executive audience, you clearly have credibility, expertise, and a successful track record. You know how to tackle live questions because you can fall back on your knowledge and experience. But how do you field the tough questions from management — the ones you don’t have an answer to?
- Take your time.
- Have an open mind.
- Don’t skirt around the issues
- Adhere to a “word-diet” (aka be specific).