Your boss asks you a question and you draw a blank
Jane Lowder, career coach and founder of Max Coaching ( has faith in you. “Chances are that you know the answer but have been caught off guard,” she says. Lowder says to “Take a deep breath and calmly respond with a delaying question such as, ‘I’d be happy to check up on that and come back to you as soon as possible’ or even ‘I’m finalising an urgent task, can I come back to you on this?’” This way, you’ll be covering your butt for a tad longer. “It also indicates that you’ve taken it on board and are actively working to respond quickly,” she adds.