CLEAR REPORT WRITING FOR AUDITORS

DELIVERY MODE

In-Person

OVERVIEW

This workshop provides internal auditors a process that improves organization, clarity and conciseness of
audit findings, executive summaries, status reports and audit-related emails. It also helps to ensure that
public companies maintain compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

KEY TOPICS

  • Plan the content based on report purpose and audience
  • Use “to” phrases to stay focused on specific, audit-reporting objective
  • Check the five W’s to cover your bases
  • Explore options for organizing an audit comment, including the five components: condition, criteria, effect, cause and recommendation
  • Call for action with recommendation tied to the cause
  • Set a conversational style
  • Capture ideas without editing the initial draft
  • Check for specific language
  • Revise paragraphs, sentences and words for readability, clarity and conciseness
  • Make sense with well-ordered paragraphs
  • Apply the readability index
  • Vary the length and structure of sentences
  • Use active voice and parallelism to clarify writing