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Soft Skills for Auditors

Being offered twice a quarter on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Central Time.

Each internal audit professional has to have a variety of both soft and technical skills. The combination of soft skills with technical expertise are crucial to each audit project’s success.

Auditor soft skills can be thought of as the interpersonal or emotional intelligence toolkit needed to navigate internal audit projects, while technical skills relate to the content specific areas of expertise needed by auditors to understand the industry and processes under evaluation.

 

The list of soft skills is seemingly endless; however, these are the focus of this event:

  • Verbal Communications

  • Written Communications

  • Relationship Building

  • Respect for clients as subject matter experts

  • Honest and transparent lines of communication

  • Continuous knowledge gain

  • Adaptability while using both soft and technical skills

  • Healthy Skepticism

 

This timely 2 CPE event is designed for internal auditors and others with a need to create more effective internal audit activity results.

 

Each attendee will receive 2 CPE Hours (YB). A certificate of completion will be provided.

Auditor Tradecraft

Tradecraft, within the internal and external auditing communities, refers to the techniques, methods and technologies used in modern financial and internal auditing and generally, as part of the activity of creating assurance.

Honing client interaction skills can significantly improve the effectiveness of audit engagements.

This includes general topics or techniques (interviewing, for example), or the specific techniques of an organization (the particular form of performance improvement (Lean Six Sigma for example).

CPE Event Highlights

The training event is focused on concepts behind:

  • Verbal Communications

  • Written Communications

  • Relationship Building

  • Respect for clients as subject matter experts

  • Honest and transparent lines of communication

  • Continuous knowledge gain

  • Adaptability while using both soft and technical skills

  • Healthy Skepticism

Learning Objectives

Attendees will improve the effectiveness of their work by:

  • Identifying the value of Internal Auditing to the organization

  • Learning the definition of “soft” skills vs. “hard” skills”

  • Examining methods to improve Audit leadership skills

  • Understanding how to effectively manage Audit time

  • Identifying improvements in Audit communications

  • Specifying ways to expand your Influence

 

Key Concepts on the Agenda

  1. Section 1 - Selling the Value of Internal Audits

  2. Section 2 - What are “Soft“ Skills?

  3. Section 3 - Improve Audit Leadership Skills

  4. Section 4 - Improve Audit Time Management Skills

  5. Section 5 - Improve Audit Communication Skills

  6. Section 6 - Expanding Audit Influence

  7. Section 6 - Summary and Wrap-Up