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Emotional Intelligence and Improving Communication

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Date(s): Nov 02, 2020 - Nov 03, 2020
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Fee: $179.00
Cancellation Date: Oct 26, 2020
Location: Online

Course Description

Auditors frequently deal with potential conflict, difficult situations and sometimes difficult people. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills can help transform these situations into opportunities to end conflict, build positive relationships, increase an auditor’s credibility and evoke positive change in their organization. Statistically, individuals with a high level of emotional intelligence are more successful regardless of industry or role. Expectations for internal auditors today, demands exceptional communication skills which are dependent on emotional intelligence. EQ is a driving force for improved relationships and effective communication. Fortunately, EQ can be developed and improved throughout life. This course will cover the basic concepts of emotional intelligence, why EQ skills is important in business, and methods and techniques that can be used to improve EQ.


This interactive course uses lecture, group exercises, real-life case studies, and examples to help auditors develop improve emotional intelligence and communications skills. This course utilizes the DiSC Assessment to evaluate participants’ communications styles.

Potential CPE Credits: 8.0

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: BEGINNING
Category: 02 Auditing

Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

·         Communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders

·         Understanding different styles of communication

·         Improving oral and written communication skills

·         Becoming a skilled interviewer—developing an effective questioning and interviewing style

·         Developing skills for dealing with difficult people and situations

·         Active listening skills


Emotional Intelligence

·         What is Emotional Intelligence?

·         IQ/EQ/Personality

·         Four skills of Emotional Intelligence

·         Emotional Intelligence scale

·         Emotional Intelligence strategies


Communication Skills

·         Listening | Body language | Tone and attitude

·         Establishing rapport | Building relationships

·         Understanding your audience | Formal vs. informal


Communication Styles and DiSC Assessments

·         Types and styles of communication

·         How style type impacts presenting and receiving messages

·         Identifying behaviors and working with varying behaviors

·         Receiving messages from different communication styles

·         Delivering messages to different communication styles


Interviews and Meetings

·         Preparation | Meeting rooms and places | Scheduling | Agendas | Formalities

·         Being flexible —being overly flexible

·         Establishing rapport

·         Understanding the business | Defining objectives and risks

·         Language, terminology, and colloquialisms

·         Dos and Don’ts of interviewing | Note Taking

·         Facilitating meetings


Listening Skills, Questions and Questioning

·         Active listening

·         Response skills | Repeating, paraphrasing, reflecting

·         Asking effective questions - Types, styles, and progression of questions

·         Using guides and questionnaires

·         Questioning information | Questioning knowledge


Presentations and Reports

·         Presentation style | Detailed vs. “Bottom-Line” | Telling a story | Visualization

·         Timing | Fear (tricks of the trade) | Getting to the point

·         Voice—active vs. passive | Audit “speak” and lingo

·         Length and using appendices and attachments

·         Readability and conciseness | 5 Cs |Reviewing and editing


Negotiating & Challenges

·         Being prepared | Characteristics of a negotiation

·         People vs. problems | Understanding positions | Identifying solutions

·         Difficult people and situations

·         Conflict situations | Thinking on your feet

·         Audit findings


Professionals with at least 2 years of experience in order to draw upon their experience.


Hal Manasa



Hal is an independent consultant delivering professional accounting and auditing consultation and development, to create high performing organizations and individuals. Clients include the Institute of Internal Auditors and its members and the University of North Carolina in the United States and abroad. He consults with Internal Audit organizations to improve performance and create value. His consulting services include developing strategic business plans across organizations and facilitating continuing education programs for accountants, leadership and auditors. Mr. Manasa also serves on several Board Audit Committees in the Middle East.


Hal was formerly an Associate Professor at Winthrop and Clemson Universities where he taught accounting, auditing, income tax, entrepreneurship, global business and financial planning in the graduate and undergraduate programs.


In addition, he has worked as a Senior Audit Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Florida and the Middle East, served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Miami Parking System and Assistant City Manager for the City of Homestead, Florida. Mr. Manasa spent fifteen years working for Saudi Aramco (formerly the Arabian American Oil Company) in Saudi Arabia, where he served as an Internal Audit Division Manager, an internal consultant to: the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President for Exploration and the Vice President for Medical. Hal also serves as a seminar facilitator for the IIA.


Hal holds a BA in Accounting from the University of West Florida and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. He is a licensed CPA in North Carolina, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.


Hal’s professional involvement include past president of the IIA chapter in Saudi Arabia, the chair of the research committee of the Charlotte IIA Chapter, Treasurer of the Aramco Employees Association, member of the Rotary Club in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and school board member at St. Joseph Catholic School in Anderson, SC and The Aramco School system in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He serves on the volunteer Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) providing a taxpayer perspective to the IRS and is an arbitrator for FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

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