Internal Audit Training, IT Audit Training Courses, Information Security Training - CPE Interactive

Continuing Professional Education for Audit, Assurance, & Info Security

Course Description

Internal Auditors spend the majority of their time communicating: speaking with clients, preparing information for distribution and deciphering information they have gathered. Having effective communication skills is a necessity to be a successful auditor.

This course is designed to provide auditors with the communication skills foundation needed in the many communication situations auditors face daily.

Participants will gain an understanding of how different communication styles impact both how a message is presented and received and how to effectively manage various communication formats.

This interactive course will use lecture, group exercises, real-life case studies and examples to help auditors develop communications skills to be immediate implemented in interviewing situations, meetings and presentations and report writing. Additionally, handling conflict and difficult situations and developing negotiating skills will be covered.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding different styles of communication
  • Communicating effectively with clients and stakeholders
  • 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
  • Knowing when to use what forms and styles of communication
  • Tips, tools and techniques for all communication formats

Course Outline

Communication Skills

  • Listening
  • Body Language
  • Tone and Attitude
  • Formal versus Informal
  • Establishing Rapport
  • Building Relationships
  • Understanding your Audience

Communication Styles

  • Types of Communication
  • How style type impacts presenting and receiving messages
  • Styles, behaviors and preferences
  • Identifying behaviors and working with varying behaviors

Informal Communication

  • Email
  • Impromptu meetings
  • Phone calls

Interviewing and Questioning

  • Understanding the Business
  • Defining Objectives and Risks
  • Establishing Rapport
  • Types, styles and progression of questions
  • Using guides and questionnaires


  • Facilitating Meetings
  • Agendas
  • Timing and location
  • Formalities – length, rescheduling, follow-up, timeliness


  • Being Prepared
  • Characteristics of a negotiation
  • People versus Problems
  • Identifying alternative solutions
  • \bleUnderstanding Positions


  • Determining presentation style for audience
  • Detailed versus “Bottom-Line” and everything in-between
  • Visualization of data / information
  • Understanding Timing of presentations
  • Fear of presentations – tips of the trade
  • Organization of information – telling a story


  • Getting to the Point
  • Readability and Conciseness
  • 5 C’s
  • Voice – Active versus Passive
  • Audit “speak” and lingo
  • Visualization of information
  • Length and the use of appendices
  • Reviewing and Editing


  • Difficult people and situations
  • Conflict situations
  • Audit findings
  • Thinking on your feet

Additional Information

Who Should Attend

Internal auditor staff and management of all levels

Learning Level






Recommended Prerequisites


Session Duration

Online: N/A

On Site: 2 days

CPE Credits: 16