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Writing Audit Reports That Get Results

Duration: 2 days
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Writing Audit Reports That Get Results
Effective writing skills are a core component of creating a powerful audit report. In this two-day seminar, we will cover general writing topics such as the building blocks of writing to achieve results, determining audience and purpose, mind mapping, transparent structure, cutting the clutter, making sentences make sense, subject/verb agreement, parallel construction, efficient editing and active/passive voice.

You will also master topics specific to audit reports by evaluating audit report writing samples, creating an audit Issue and Recommendation (I&R), agreement with antecedents, proofreading your report, and effective emails. You will critique examples from actual audit reports to improve your writing skills.


1. The Building Blocks Of Writing To Achieve Results
  • Discover The Building Blocks Of Writing To Achieve Results In Audit Reports
  • Use The Building Blocks For Evaluating All Forms Of Writing In Audit Reports
  • Fixing The Macro Before Addressing The Micro
  • Understand The Importance Of Following A Writing Process In Audit Report Writing
2. Writing Basics: Determining Audience And Purpose
  • Review The Principles Of Good Writing
  • Identify Your Audience
  • Be Clear About Your Purpose
  • Identify The Essential Information The Audience Needs Given Your Purpose
  • Determine How To Communicate As Clearly And Concisely As Possible
  • Understand The Importance Of Word Choice
  • Seek Feedback Before You Send To The Reader
  • Writing From A Viewing Point VS. A Point Of View
3. Mindmapping: Organizing For Results
  • Learn A Method For Thinking Critically, Organizing Logically, And Prioritizing Strategically
  • Establish A Desired Result
  • Generating Ideas And Information Related To Audience And Purpose
  • Organizing, Discussing, And Prioritizing Ideas And Information
  • Presenting A Final Mindmap And Receiving Feedback
4. Transparent Structure: Making Reading Easy
  • Learn And Practice Using A Wide Range Of Graphic Tools That Help Make Organizational Structure Transparent To The Reader
  • Formatting Documents To Make Reading And Comprehension Easier
  • Creating Visually Appealing Audit Reports
5. Cutting The Clutter
  • Demonstrate The Importance Of Clarity And Conciseness
  • Enhance The Readability Of Reports
  • Learn How To Become A Better Editor Of Your Own Writing
  • Identify Redundant Words
6. Making Sentences Make Sense
  • Emphasize The Importance Of Making Every Thought In Writing Clear To The Reader
  • Communicating Ideas Clearly
  • Identify Run-On Sentences And Learn To Edit From The Viewpoint Of The Reader
7. Writing Findings And Recommendations
  • Understand The Deming Quality Management Concept As It Applies To Report Writing
  • Identify The Five Components Of A Well-Written Finding And Recommendation
  • Practice Organizing Your Thoughts Before Your Write
  • Write A Finding And Recommendation From The View Point Of The Reader
8. Fixing The Micro
  • Realize The Importance Of Noun/Pronoun Agreement
  • Realize The Importance Of Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Recognize The Importance Of Parallel Structure In Sentence Formation And Bulleted Items
  • Become Familiar With Using A Grammar Reference Manual (The Gregg Reference Manual)
9. Editing
  • Review The Six Most Common Editing Problems
  • Review The Six Most Useful Editing Techniques
10. Proofreading
  • Review The Seven Most Common Proofreading Problems
  • Review The Six Most Useful Proofreading Techniques
  • Identify 25 Common Errors In An Audit Report
Attendees will receive The Gregg Reference Manual.

You are asked to bring a laptop computer for in-class exercises.

Who Should Attend?
Audit Managers, Supervisors and staff who have overall, or partial, responsibility for presenting audit findings; others who need to improve writing or editing skills will also benefit from this session.
Prerequisites None
Learning Level Basic

Dates & Time
8:30 am to 5:00 pm on the first day; the second day concludes at 3:30 pm
About The Provider: Founded in 1978, MIS Training Institute is the international leader in audit and information security training, with offices in the USA, UK, and Asia. MIS' expertise draws on experience gained in training more than 200,000 delegates across five continents.

Helping audit and infosecurity professionals stay at the top of their game has always been at the core of MIS' mission. To that end, MIS has developed and focused its seminars, conferences, and symposia on the wide-ranging needs of internal and IT auditors and information security practitioners who are charged with controlling complex systems and business environments.

MIS' unparalleled course curriculum covers the most up-to-the-minute topics, provides proven audit and security practices, and delivers the information needed to be successful in today's organizations.

All MIS programs are led by industry experts…hands-on pros who have been in the field and who practice what they teach. Attendees of MIS Training Institute events benefit from unbiased practices, proven strategies, and lessons learned in the real-world.

MIS Training Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. NASBA Sponsor Number: 103321

Cancellation/Refund Policy

A full refund less a $100 administrative fee will be given for cancellations received 15 days or more before the event. Tuition is non-refundable for cancellations made 14 days or less before the event. You may, however, transfer your tuition to another MIS Training Institute event, less a $195 administrative fee. Transfers are valid for 12 months from the time of initial cancellation. Substitutions are welcome at any time.

Those who do not cancel before the event date and who do not attend are responsible for the full non-refundable, non-transferable tuition.
Price: $1,795.00
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