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Online: Radical reporting

Internal auditors must become skilled writers in order to communicate clearly throughout and beyond their organisation.

This course is particularly popular with audit, risk and fraud teams, as well as with departments that want to revise their current report structures and templates. IIA Sweden introduces this new two half-days course with Sara I James.


The course helps participants produce clear and compelling writing. It does so through engaging them in intensive analysis of logic, language and the very purpose of written communication. This course is extremely practical and tailored to each client, using their own written work sensitively in examples and exercises.

After attending this course, participants will be able to communicate more effectively to a variety of audiences through:

  • going to the root of their own thoughts, objectives and assumptions;
  • recognising bad habits that make written communication hard to read and understand; and
  • using proven techniques to produce clearer, more concise writing.
  • They will then be able to produce reports that meet the business’ or client’s needs, having practised:
  • analysing both the overall structure and the individual components of a report for maximum effectiveness; and
  • reviewing their own and others’ work in a focussed, efficient and productive way.

Detailed content

1. Clarity – the theory:

  • The link between clear thinking and clear writing
  • How well do businesses currently communicate?
  • Good writing and the link to performance (yes, there is one!)
  • Advice from professional bodies – how useful is it?

2. Clarity – the practice: How can we say the same thing in fewer words?

  • Cutting wordy phrases
  • Active and passive
  • Zombie nouns

3. Grammar, punctuation and usage

  • Why do good grammar, punctuation and usage matter?
  • The logic of grammar and the legal implications of poorly constructed sentences

4. Reports

  • What is the purpose of a report?
  • Organising your own thoughts for greater effect
  • Structuring a successful report
  • Findings, issues and recommendations
  • The executive summary

5. Reviewing and editing

  • What makes the reviewing process work well?
  • What are both parties’ responsibilities?
  • The editorial process in publishing – useful advice for reviewing reports

Course leader Sara I James

With over 30 years’ teaching, writing, publishing and corporate experience in the US and Europe, Sara provides report-writing training worldwide through her business, Getting Words to WorkTM. She has written numerous articles on language and reporting, and spoken at national and international conferences. 

The course takes place online, via Zoom. The meeting link will be provided a few days before the course. 

CPE points

  • 8