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Getting the Message Across

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Date(s): May 24, 2021 - May 27, 2021
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration Fee: $289.00
Cancellation Date: May 17, 2021
Location: Online

Course Description

Well-written audit reports can be the difference between an audit group that is perceived as adding value and one that merely exists as required compliance. Unfortunately, delivering audit reports that contain objective-driven, direct, concise, evidence-backed information continues to be a challenge for even the most seasoned internal auditors. Audit reports often fail to deliver the intended message for a multitude of reasons, including their length, lack of a clear objective, overabundance of audit lingo and terminology, buried or lost messages, and not understanding the needs of audience.


This interactive course will address the challenges commonly associated with audit report writing and teach the skills that will ensure your audit reports will be read and your message received as intended. Finally, this course presents the Two-Page Audit Report methodology, which provides a format and formula that ensures your audit reports get read and understood by any audience, including across the highest levels of the organization.

Potential CPE Credits: 16.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 16.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 16.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

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

Course Objectives


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

         Identifying what constitutes a bad report, a good report and an excellent report

         Fully understanding the audience and their needs

         Aligning reporting objectives with business objectives

         How to properly plan the report

         The Two-Page Audit Report—your readers will thank you

         Using executive summaries

         Using appendices and attachments to reduce length

         Learn effective editing and proofreading



Understanding the Difference Between Good, Bad, and Excellent reports

         Report characteristics

         Good, bad, ugly, and excellent reports

         Report organization and why it matters

         Determining content

         Presentation styles and how to choose

         Visual presentation


Setting Objectives

         Defining objectives – planning the audit and the report

         Aligning audit objectives with business objectives

         Ensuring audit report objectives continue to align with business and audit objectives

         Understanding your audience

         Understanding how the report will be used


The Two-Page Audit Report

         Concise report delivery for executives and board members

         How to determine what to include and exclude

         Focusing on the business and not the audit work

         Presentation styles for concise reports

         Tools, tips, and techniques for concise reports


Executive Summaries

         What makes the cut?

         Determining the level of detail and support

         Using language targeted to executives

         Length and presentation style


Creating the Report

         Starting with the 5Cs

         Designing an assembly process – Organization and layout

         Using appendices and attachments

         Report formats

         Visual reporting

         Virtual reporting


Writing Skills and Techniques

         Focus and framing of topic—business perspective

         Developing key points

         Eliminating audit lingo and using business language

         Editing versus proofreading

         Grammar, spelling, and punctuation

         Concise and concrete yet compelling language

         Editing—when enough is enough



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

Government Hours: 4.23(q)


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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Vending machines with Coca-Cola products and various snack items are available. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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