Writing Effective Audit Reports

Seminar: ID# 1005025


Issue Prewriting
  • Plotting the report at the beginning of fieldwork
  • Methods for consistent client communication
  • What an audit issue describes
  • 5-step writing formula and the air: key elements in any issue
Issue Writing: Supporting the Issue
  • Key differences between causes, conclusions, and evidence
  • The sweet spot of supportive detail: not too much and not too little
Assessing the Root Cause
    Steps to effective root cause analysis (RCA)
  • The difference between issue, symptom, and root cause
  • Strategies in RCA
  • When and how to engage the client in RCA
  • Reporting root causes: positive vs. negative wording
Writing Strong Business Risks
  • Purpose of a business risk
  • Keeping common risks convincing (LIVe)
  • Using action verbs to create change
Developing Effective Issue Statements: A Formula
  • Title of an audit
  • What an issue statement describes
  • The 5-sentence burst
  • Writing the issue statement
Developing Effective Recommendations
  • Keeping recommendations SMART
  • Using recommendations for issue follow-up
Clean Out the Junk and Get to the Issue
  • Paragraphing and formatting
  • Bullet lists, headings, fonts
  • Passive voice
  • Wordiness
  • Ambiguity
  • Negative wording
  • Non-parallel structure
  • Punctuation
Perfecting Writing: Writing Effective Emails
  • Timing Your Communication
  • Title
  • Body
  • Closing
  • Final Email Writing Tips And Exercise
Improving Tone in Writing
  • The Chicken Little Dilemma
  • Connotations of Words
  • Placement of Negation
  • Sequence of Negation
  • Relative Information
  • How to Change Tone
Design Elements
  • Instructional Design
  • Graphics & Fonts
  • Layering
  • Using Sidelines and Flow
  • Executive Summary Redesign Challenge
Writing Effective Audit Reports
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