NJ ISACA - Audit Report Writing

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Summary

Please join James Roth, PhD for our seminar on effective Audit Report Writing


Seminar Objective


Audit report writing is a critical skill for internal auditors at all levels. This dynamic workshop takes you through the entire process, with practice and feedback at every stage.  You will learn how to develop meaningful audit issues that clarify the risk and identify the root cause. Just as important, you will learn how to get buy-in from management. You will discover a simple technique for organizing your thoughts and why it’s important to have a clear structure of ideas before starting to write. You will practice an approach to writing that can cut your writing time in half. And you will learn how “de-fogging” will vastly improve the quality of your writing. 

Introduction

Unlearning bad habits: school writing vs. business writing

Why is writing hard? Barriers you can remove

How to distinguish quality writing from personal style in audit report writing

 

The Thought Process: Developing Audit Findings

How to develop effective findings and recommendations:

  •       the five attribute approach
  •       participative reporting

Exercises:

Develop an audit issue using the five attribute approach

 

The Writing Process: Getting It Down On Paper

How to make good writing easy:

Use the “smart” writing process

Follow a good pattern

The three steps in the “smart” writing process – and why keeping them separate is key to success

An approach to outlining so simple and helpful you'll want to use it

The paragraph model: use it and cut your writing time in half

How to focus your writing on your most important readers

 Exercises: Write audit comments without editing

 

Trends and Innovations in Audit Reports

Alternate rating systems

Techniques to give credit where credit is due

Management action plan only

 

Self-Editing

How to read what you wrote, not what you think you wrote

Getting the fog out - short sentences, simple words

The four step approach to powerful self-editing

Exercises:

Self-edit to reduce the fog index

Who Should Attend

  • I.S. Auditing managers and staff
       Auditors at all experience levels. No prerequisites.

 

CPEs: 7*(Type: Auditing)

* Continuing Professional Education Credits are estimated and based on the Continuing Professional Education requirements of the New Jersey Board of Accountancy (NJ BoA.) Actual CPEs (1 CPE credit for 50 minutes) are calculated based on actual instruction time and attendance.

Please note that NJ BoA now requires a more stringent monitoring of meeting attendance. Attendees who arrive late, leave early or are absent from the seminar room for extended periods, will have their CPE certificate adjusted accordingly.

  • When

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Where

  • Hilton Garden Inn Edison-Raritan Center
    50 Raritan Center Parkway
    Edison, New Jersey 08837

  • Capacity

  • 30 (17 remaining)

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