Business Writing & Writing an effective audit audit report

Bootcamp on report writing: Business Writing & Writing audit report (Session 1&2)
17 Jul 2018
- 01:00 PM to 03:15 PM EST
120 Minutes

Session 1 : You will improve your business writing by working through the phases of revising (ideas), editing (expression), and proofreading (overlooked errors).
Session 2 : This training is designed to help delegates to develop skills and understanding the key elements of an effective audit report writing.

Bootcamp on report writing: Business Writing & Writing audit report (Session 1&2)

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17 Jul 2018 - 01:00 PM to 03:15 PM
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Bootcamp on report writing : Business Writing & Writing an effective audit audit report

Session 1 : Business Writing for Financial Professionals :  July 17 2018 : 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM : 60 Minutes

Session 2 : Master the art of writing audit report :  July 17 2018 : 02:15 PM to 03:15 PM : 60 Minutes

 


 

 

Overview Of Business Writing

Financial professionals realize that demonstrating mastery of their profession is not limited to preparing and presenting meeting briefings and firing off summary emails on business issues. Writing proficiency evolves from their ability to draft and edit operational and fiscal analyses, financial inquiries, revenue forecasts, business cases, client proposals, internal justifications, appropriation requests, and a whole host of other financial documents depending on their organizational responsibilities.

Because of these demands, writers ranging from tax consultants and investment risk analysts to equity research reporters and sales forecasters need a toolbox of memorable and practical strategies, techniques, and tips that will guide them through the writing process.

This webinar by international business writing consultant Philip Vassallo, Ed.D. includes the key principles of focused, high-impact writing, regardless of the financial document. You will improve your business writing by working through the phases of revising (ideas), editing (expression), and proofreading (overlooked errors). This session looks at the rewriting process from four levels:
• the document level of purposefulness
• the paragraph level of emphasis, unity, coherence, and visual appeal
• the sentence level of impact, clarity, conciseness, consistency, and correctness
• the word level of diction. This systematic, top-down approach will prove invaluable when applying the webinar principles to their unique business writing situations.

What You’ll Learn 
1. Focusing the message on the purpose
2. Determining the appropriate content level
3. Organizing data to guide the reader
4. Using a structure that reinforces the purpose
5. Editing sentences for clarity, conciseness, and consistency
6. Remedying the most prevalent sentence errors that compromise quality

 


 

Overview Of Audit Report

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 requirements 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 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.

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.

How to write an audit report?, a highly specialized webinar offers a deep and useful toolbox of techniques that auditors can use when noting audit observations, drafting objective workpapers, 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.

What You’ll Learn

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 workpapers 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

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our expert speaker

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