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Effective Report Writing for Internal Auditors

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Course Overview

This course is designed to help internal auditors to understand best practices in internal audit reporting. This course also provides knowledge to demonstrate your ability to:
→ Develop a collaborative approach while completing the audit
→ Enhance your communication skills
→ Focus on core findings to maximize outcomes
→ Focus on strategic organizational risks while reporting
→ Add value for your organization and for the auditee

Key Takeaways

Formulate recommendations clearly to improve organizational processes.
Interpret audit findings to identify underlying risks and issues.
Construct executive summaries that capture essential audit insights.
Assess the effectiveness of communication in audit reports.
Design follow-up procedures that ensure timely resolution of findings.

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Course Outline

Day 1: Core Components of Audit Reporting
Audit Reports

•Overview of best practices in audit reporting 
•Discuss the dilemmas of audit reporting, what constitutes a best practice report, and the role of the executive summary.

The Problems with Audit Reports

•Review and score the 35 best practice questions to evaluate compliance.
•Learn techniques to achieve a 95% implementation rate for recommendations.
•Enhance report clarity and impact using charts and photos.
•Address key issues by prioritizing actions over recommendations.
•Discuss methods to effectively assess and meet audit clients' needs.

Exercise 1

35 questions about your audit reports issued during the last 12 months

The Executive Summary

•Explore the critical role of the executive summary and learn 20 tips for improving it.
•Discuss strategies for targeting executive summaries to specific readers.
•Highlight the benefits of writing the summary first and obtaining feedback from non-technical reviewers.

Exercise 2: Comparison of three executive summaries

•Interactive exercise on comparing three different executive summaries 
•Discussion on key elements of impactful audit reports.

Day 2: Developing Reporting Skills and Writing with Impact
Best Practices Internal Audit Reports Developing A Collaborative, Consultative Style

•Address the psychological aspects of reporting to exceed management expectations and focus on benefits over problems.
•Enhance relationships and understanding with report recipients through effective communication and rapport-building techniques.

Exercise 3: The psychology of reports

•Address the psychological aspects of reporting to exceed management expectations and focus on benefits over problems.
•Enhance relationships and understanding with report recipients through effective communication and rapport-building techniques.

Day 3: Finalizing and Presenting the Report
Writing Reports with Impact

•Emphasize messages, outcomes, and solutions to  align reports with auditor and reader expectations  and reduce perceived criticism.
•Discuss techniques to enhance report impact,  including the use of banner headlines, power words,  and language that resonates with your audience.
•Share new insights on audit observations, focusing  on the causes and effects of key issues.

Exercise 4: Causes and effects exercise
The Main Report

•Detailed instructions on finalizing the audit report, including forming and expressing audit opinions.
•Handling management comments.

Finalizing The Report

•Presenting the final report to the audit committee, using various methods such as PowerPoint presentations
•Discussing follow-up audits using the action plan.

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
Professionals in internal audit functions who would like to learn best practices in report writing in order to close the audit process adequately

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What language will the course be taught in and what level of English do I need to take part in an LEORON training program?
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