Audit Reporting

Singing in your own voice

An obscure statement, I know, but allow me to explain.

I have witnessed many people report their audit findings at the close of an audit. Some do it very well, some do not. One of the things I have noticed over the years is that the process of audit reporting actually does something to some people. It turns them into another person completely. They use a different tone of voice, they use unusual words that you would never here them use in everyday speech and, in the main, it ends up being incredibly distracting, painful sometimes.

A little while ago I was watching a programme on TV about music. I think the show was about David Bowie. Anyway, at one point in the show, there was an interview with the Madness singer, Suggs, who (in commenting on the singing style of David Bowie) observed that he generally “sang in his own voice”. What he meant by that is that you could tell it was him. Suggs sings in his own voice so did, for example, the late, Ian Dury.

Now, I am not for one moment suggesting that anyone should set there audit findings to music. I am merely suggesting that auditors could do worse than to consider the same principle when reporting their findings. Your own voice will be perfectly fine. The language you use in everyday speech will also serve your purposes quite nicely and, as an added bonus, you will not run the risk of sounding a bit daft. This is one area where we should not try too hard to learn a mysterious  new skill

Suggs from Madness reports his audit findings

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