Radical Reporting Writing Better Audit, Risk, Compliance, and Information Security Reports
Most people dread writing reports; they also dread reading reports. What they don’t realize is that the techniques that make writing more readable make it more powerful. This is especially relevant for professionals in areas such as audit, risk, compliance, and information security.
This small volume provides the tools and techniques needed to improve reports. It does so through addressing crucial concepts all too often overlooked in the familiar rush to perform tasks, complete projects, and meet deadlines.
These concepts – the role of culture in communication; the link between logic and language; the importance of organizing thoughts before writing; and how to achieve clarity – may seem academic or theoretical. They’re not. Unless writers understand their own thoughts, actions, and objectives, they cannot hope to communicate them at all – let alone clearly.
Part 1: Words in the mind
Chapter 1: Communication and culture
Chapter 2: Communication within and among teams
Chapter 3: Clarity – the theory
Part 2: Words on the page
Chapter 4: Clarity – the practice
Chapter 5: Planning
Chapter 6: Structure and layout
Part 3: Words into action
Chapter 7: Findings or observations, and recommendations
Chapter 8: Executive summaries
Chapter 9: Reviewing – making the gain outweigh the pain
‘If I were giving out an award for "book of the year" for internal audit professionals, I would certainly award it to her outstanding manuscript: Radical Reporting: Writing Better Audit, Risk, Compliance and Information Security Reports.’ - Richard Chambers, Former President and CEO, The Institute of Internal Auditors