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Speaker: Philip Vassallo

Duration: 90 Minutes
Product Code: 700033
Level: Beginner

Writing Ethical, Focused and Credible Internal Audit Reports

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Overview

The Code of Ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors holds the principles of integrity, objectivity, confidentiality, and competency as the cornerstones of credible internal audits. Auditors can find abundant resources to ensure that their audit process meets those standards consistent with regulatory reporting and that they represent the auditee’s best interests. However, certifying compliance does not occur merely at the point of observation but in the writing that emerges from it. Numerous challenges lie ahead for auditors when composing an internal audit report. They want to ensure that they clearly articulate a comprehensive review process, valid and reliable criteria, conditions logically linked to causes, relevant and risks, and beneficial recommendations—all with an objective style.

Why Should You Attend

The art of audit report writing demands far more than simply listing the four elements of a finding –criteria, condition, cause, and effect. (Even adding the fifth element, the recommendation, may be insufficient.) This boilerplate approach to writing can threaten independent, critical thinking and undermine the entire audit process, ultimately tarnishing the credibility of the auditor. Skilled auditors require a method that aligns what they experienced during the reviewing process with what they compose during the writing process.

This highly specialized webinar offers a deep and useful toolbox of techniques that auditors can use when noting audit observations, drafting objective work papers, and composing well-structured, detailed, and fluent audit reports. The program begins with a case study to illustrate each element of an audit checklist with a close focus on objective reporting. It then uncovers problems of ensuring validity and reliability of findings and determining root cause. The webinar then drills down to a deeper level to organize audit content based on time-tested principles of structure. The rest of the session covers the two pillars of writing style: syntax (word order) and diction (word choice)—each of which poses numerous pitfalls that can compromise the integrity and objectivity of an audit report. Reviewing understandable, pertinent examples from various auditing disciplines, you will learn how to remedy the greatest roadblocks to clear thinking through writing and cultivate a convincing, authoritative style. You will leave this webinar with excellent resources that you can continually turn to during intense, complex audit engagements

Areas Covered in this Webinar

This webinar includes the following learning points:

  • Determining factors affecting the validity and reliability of a finding
  • Assessing the appropriate level of detail
  • Creating a department-specific template to facilitate the writing process
  • Drafting work papers based on objective observations
  • Employing formatting devices to improve the visual appeal of an audit report
  • Choosing fluent sentence structure to illuminate ideas
  • Developing a precise, clear, concise vocabulary for documenting audit reports

Learning Objectives

Attending this webinar will enable you to:

  • Draft work papers thoroughly based on objective observations
  • Create a department-specific template to facilitate the writing process
  • Organize audit points for greater impact
  • Edit audit points for a clear, concise vocabulary for documenting audit reports

Who Will Benefit

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to:

  • Cost auditors
  • External auditors
  • Forensic auditors
  • Internal auditors
  • Consultant auditors

Speaker Profile

Philip Vassallo, Ed.D. has provided comprehensive communication consulting to over 25,000 employees across diverse professional disciplines. His services include teaching and coaching writing and presentation skills, designing interactive courses, assessing professional writing, and writing or editing for numerous organizations. He holds a B.A. in English (Baruch College), an M.S. in education (Lehman College), and a doctorate in educational theory (Rutgers University).

Course Instruction - Dr. Vassallo has taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1977, most recently as a faculty member of the Beijing International MBA program. He has taught, coached, and supervised in-person and online communication training programs to executive, administrative, managerial, supervisory, scientific, and technical professionals.

Course Design - Dr. Vassallo has designed over 100 classroom courses, 10 live online courses, and 20 webinars for industries such as advertising, architectural, aviation, banking, education, engineering, entertainment, environmental science, financial consulting, food, healthcare, insurance, law enforcement, legal, medical research, military, petroleum, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail, social services, technology, telecommunication, and transportation.

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Product ID:700033
Duration: 90 Minutes

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