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Report Writing for Skilled Auditors

Get the tools you need to become skilled and proficient at audit report writing.

Audit report writing demands far more than just listing the criteria, condition, cause, and effect. This boilerplate approach 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 specialized topic offers a deep toolbox of techniques to use when noting audit observations, drafting objective work papers, and composing organized, detailed, and fluent audit reports. It begins by illustrating elements of an audit checklist, and then reveals problems in ensuring validity and reliability of findings and determining root cause. The material then shifts to a deeper level to organize audit content based on time-tested principles of structure. It concludes with the two pillars of writing style: syntax (word order) and diction (word choice)--each posing numerous pitfalls that can compromise the integrity of an audit report. You will learn how to remedy the greatest roadblocks to clear thinking and cultivate a convincing, authoritative style. You will gain excellent resources for continued use during intense, complex audit engagements.

Runtime: 90 minutes
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Agenda

Introduction Context, and Objectives

Writing Completely and Objectively

  • The Big Four of an Audit Point
  • The Auditor's Checklist
    • Introductory Section
    • Analysis Section
  • Objective Writing Tips
    • Validity
    • Reliability
    • Cause
    • Logical Fallacies

Using a Template

  • Audit Report Template - Draft 1
  • Focusing Paragraphs - Draft 2
  • Principles of Headings - Draft 3
  • Lists - Draft 4

Developing a Style

  • 7 Syntax Tips
  • 7 Diction Tips

Closing, References, Questions

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This course was last revised on May 17, 2017.

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Philip Vassallo, Ed.D.

Philip Vassallo, Ed.D.

Philip Vassallo, Ed.D.

  • Develops, delivers, and supervises communication training programs for a wide range of managerial, administrative, and technical professionals in corporate, government, and academic environments
  • Teaches writing and presentation skills on the graduate and undergraduate university levels, most recently for the Beijing International MBA program at Peking University Practice
  • Provides writing coaching and assessment services for numerous corporate employees
  • Evaluated writing and speaking skills for the Educational Testing Service on standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination, College Level Examination Placement, Graduate Management Admissions Test, and the Test of Spoken English
  • Wrote the books How to Write Fast Under Pressure, on writing efficiently; The Art of On-the-Job Writing, on work-related writing; The Art of E-Mail Writing, on business email; and writes "Words on the Line", a column and a blog on effective writing
  • Served as president of the New Jersey College English Association Membership, and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Dramatists Guild
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Baruch College; master’s degree in education, Lehman College; doctorate degree in educational theory, Rutgers University Education
  • Can be contacted at 732-721-7577, [email protected], www.PhilVassallo.com, Blog: www.WordsontheLine.blogspot.com, Twitter®: www.Twitter.com/PhilVassallo, Facebook®: www.Facebook.com/PhilipVassalloEdD, LinkedIn®: www.LinkedIn/in/PhilVassallo, Books: https://www.amazon.com/author/philipvassallo
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Product ID: 400229
Published 2017
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