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In today's environment, the audit department is frequently measured on the quality of its primary output: the audit report. In many cases the effectiveness of the audit itself can be impacted by the quality of the audit report. As such, it is critical that the report is professional and communicates the desired message in a clear, concise and unambiguous way. This course will enable auditors to write and structure persuasive and impactful audit reports that will call their readers to action.
What Do Participants Learn?
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Distinguish barriers to effective written communication and how to overcome them
Structure the audit report for impact
Present audit findings in a clear and concise manner
Identify the target audience and adapt their writing accordingly
Produce an organized and structured audit report draft
Who Should Attend?
This course is suitable for all internal and IT auditors who are required to produce and edit audit reports.
What Will the Learning Experience Include?
Comprehensive pre-program activities include:
Web-based information forms & surveys completed by attendee.
Direct consultation with the attendee about the expectations.
During the training, participants engage in data, activities, and conversations that lead to insight and knowledge.
Participants learn from expert trainers who have both academic and business experiences.
Highly applicable training content & instructive activities for adding depth to training topics.
**A half-day site visit for integrating the experience & plan next steps. Opportunities to provide connections, ideas & support.
Explore & Practice
Apply & sustain the learning experience by using this ongoing support:
To ensure participant has new skills or behavior progress.
Optional, fee-based mentoring & coaching with the trainer.
Training materials & additional documents (e-books, pdf files, presentations and articles)
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Section One: Introduction To Report Writing
Value of the audit report
Ensuring a needs fit
Maintaining quality control
Elements of written communication
Barriers to written communication
Constructs of written communication
Clear writing techniques
Preparing to write
Writing the first draft
Section Two: The Audit Report Findings and Structure
Audit findings and their presentation
Structuring an audit report
Determine the audience
Summarizing working papers into reportable narrative
Use of planning worksheets
Differing types of reports
Section Three: Drafting The Audit Report
Analyzing the prospective audience
Who the audience is
Number of readers
Attitude to audit
Writing the draft
Writing as you go
Structuring your thoughts
Draft quickly and polish later
Use of clear writing techniques
Evaluation of the draft
Checking for substance and strategy
Capturing and maintaining the readers attention
Section Four: Editing The Audit Report
Editing the report
Causes of auditor frustration
The Kilroy was here syndrome
Editing for substance, readability, correctness and style