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Writing an Impactful Audit Report: 6 Tips for Being More Persuasive

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here's an excerpt from his latest post:

If you ask internal auditors why they write internal audit reports, some might answer that it's to communicate an engagement's objectives, scope, and results. Others might offer that it's to describe what the auditors found and to make recommendations for improvement. But the ultimate objective of internal audit reporting is not to describe what we found or to make recommendations for improvement. It should be to persuade readers to take action.

During my career as an internal auditor, I wrote or edited hundreds of internal audit reports — some that were good, some that needed another round of edits, and some where I wanted to throw up my hands in frustration. Following are some recommendations that can help ensure your audit reports are effective — that they will not only change minds but will create a call to action that gets results.

Read the full InternalAuditor.org blog post from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers.