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The best Chartered Accountants are strong communicators

CAs do more than audit. They need to speak to their clients in an understandable way, simplifying complex issues and "getting to the point" quickly.

For a CA to be an effective young auditor - who doesn't necessarily speak to the client on a daily basis - it’s equally important to write well.

Not until you begin to write up ‘walkthroughs’ does the importance of what professors refer to obliquely as “strong communication skills” become important.

This doesn’t mean you’re supposed to turn out florid prose. Writing about how “during the interview, the furtive glances of the apprehensive accounts payable clerk belied his Cheshire cat grin, pointing instead to an uneasy conscience; a dark night of the soul taking place before my eyes”, will not score you any points with the audit partner.

Unless you work in the forensic audit group and you’re looking for fraud. And your managers and partners love ultra-cheesy schlock.

What you write needs to be consistent and to the point. Audit walkthroughs, succinctly described at the moment by Wikipedia, can, to simplify things greatly, be compared to a how to guide.

Get your message across, confirm it's been understood by asking and answering relevant questions, and move on.

 

Okay, so the point has been made - run along now.

And now for something completely different - the non sequitor of the day "bonus part two" continues here, because it's time to move on.

Posted: Aug 05 2008, 12:07 AM by Krupo | with 3 comment(s)
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j_cee said:

HAHAHAHAHA! I'll probably be reminded of that work and still laugh out loud.

It's interesting of you to write about this - I got a peek on a review file this afternoon and I noticed that one has to write paragraph long explanations and step-by-step narration on what was done on each account.  What more if it's an audit eh...maybe I'll poke around the files tomorrow and check out an audit one...

Anyway,  I'm still doing NTRs...I wonder when they will let us start on reviews (not that I'm in a hurry...I'm still getting the hang of NTRs).

# August 6, 2008 8:57 PM

j_cee said:

**be reminded of that at work

See? I can't even write. Hahaha

Geez, it's gonna be a looooong way on the path of being an "effective young auditor."

# August 6, 2008 9:31 PM

Krupo said:

Glad to get you interested in something novel. As for the typo... what typo? ;)

# August 6, 2008 11:14 PM