Delivering timely, accurate, and reliable audit reports is essential to an internal audit department’s success. Unfortunately, most auditors dislike − and many detest − the report development process. For audit staff and managers, writing is arduous, the editing process is frustrating, and the next audit is already calling. For audit executives, the constant review and revision of report content is both time consuming and burdensome.
Learn how internal auditors can solve these report development challenges from our speaker, Margie Bastolla, a practitioner and author who has taught thousands of auditors to think critically and write clearly. Register now to discover best practices for audit report writing based on Margie’s 2023 book, Clarity, Impact, Speed: Delivering Audit Reports that Matter, 2nd Edition.
In this session, participants will:
- Learn about “The 7 Deadly Audit Report Mistakes” and how to avoid them.
- Understand how critical thinking skills and a solid understanding of report readers’ expectations for report structure, content, and readability underpin the creation of good report content.
- Identify five principles for writing compelling, risk-centric reports and how to apply them in practice.
- Discover innovative ways to approach audit report development and build your audit team’s report writing skills.
Margie Bastolla is an author, trainer, and consultant who helps internal audit departments write clear, impactful reports; reduce report revisions; and quicken report issuance. She is the author of Clarity, Impact, Speed: Delivering Audit Reports that Matter, 2nd Edition, published in 2023 by The IIA.
Having worked in 40+ countries, Margie has taught thousands of auditors to think critically and write clearly. She also helps organizations design reports that meet their readers’ needs. Margie’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. military, international agencies, and many organizations within the financial services, healthcare, and higher education sectors. She previously spent 20 years in executive and leadership roles at The IIA.