Reader-Centered Audit WritingTM

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What outcomes can you expect?

In this workshop specially designed for auditors, teams and individuals will learn our reader-centered approach to writing audit documents. By applying our six-step process, learners will create consultative audit reports that win cooperation. They will learn how to

  • present findings and recommendations in a professional manner

  • reinforce the audit quality with an effective report

  • complete reports up to 50% faster

  • avoid sounding negative when giving constructive criticism

  • encourage action with persuasive suggestions

  • improve relations with the auditee with the Interpersonal Checklist For Auditors

  • develop strategic thinking skills

  • strategically review audit report drafts.

The focus: creating business documents that drive action

Write attention-getting documents

  • Design audit reports for visual impact

  • Analyze and plan for readers

  • Write a good executive summary

  • Overcome writer’s block

Influence readers

  • Adopt the “you” attitude

  • Choose the right words, content, and tone

  • Use the positive approach

  • Organize and transition ideas effectively

  • Sound objective, non-judgmental

Streamline the message

  • Avoid gobbledygook

  • Streamline sentences for conciseness

  • Choose between long and short reports

Write for results

  • Edit for results using checklists

  • Critique constructively

  • Check for logic

Blended learning and tools support ongoing development

  1. Books: Write to the Top®: Writing for Corporate Success (Random House) and the Instant-Answer Guide to Business Writing, by Deborah Dumaine, founder of Better Communications®
  2. Better Communications’ workbook with additional exercises tailored to your needs
  3. Job aids: The Six Steps to Reader-Centered Writing® and the Focus Sheet