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Internal Audit Excellence

Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting from your internal audit team? Are you challenged with consistently demonstrating the ‘value-add’ from your auditors and their work? Are your auditors struggling to balance their core compliance work with being legitimately perceived as a trusted business partner and source of internal consulting solutions?

If your audit team is working hard, but you know in your heart could be achieving results in a faster, more efficient and more measurable way, rest assured that now there’s something specific you can do about it.

For over 38 years, John Hall has spent the majority of his career assisting organizations through internal audits and consultative reviews of their operations. To this day, he practices the craft of auditing on client engagements. He has worked with small, independently owned businesses and major companies alike to provide them with real world guidance and strategic audit consulting solutions. Leaders in for-profit businesses, government, education, not-for-profits and professional associations have all leaned on John to help improve their audit capabilities and results.

How can John Hall’s Internal Audit Excellence services help you?

John Hall’s internal auditing leadership and technical experience is the foundation for our training, consulting, and coaching engagements. Through educational seminars delivered to the entire team or in one-on-one highly concentrated internal auditing consulting and coaching projects, our practical solutions and proven results are built on a deep understanding of what audit practitioners and teams must do every day to achieve their unique goals. Organizations and individuals that work with John feel confident that they have a trusted and experienced partner who provides unparalleled training, coaching and consulting based on real-world audit experience.

John takes a tailored approach with every client to help you dig deep into performance, efficiency and results issues – and assess how your audit results can be accelerated. We’ll provide consultation and performance coaching services on all key audit results areas, including technical operations, administrative and business effectiveness, leadership and interpersonal skills, and how to influence needed change. Through his insight and ongoing partnership with you and your audit team, John will help you perform better, add measurable value on every project, and enhance your overall image as a trusted business partner.

Let’s get started

John is ready to create a tailored program specially targeting your desired performance results. After quickly gaining an understanding of your organization’s unique culture, goals, needs and processes, John will design a fully customized training and consulting solution just for you and your team. With a personalized approached to enhancing performance, there is no limit to how far your team can go in providing measurable value to your organization and its leaders.

To learn more about how John Hall’s Internal Auditing Excellence services can benefit your organization, contact us today. To learn more about John’s Hall’s available seminars, Click on the heading link(s) below to download (PDF’s) more information… 

Consulting Skills for Professional Auditors: How to Develop and Apply Internal Consulting Skills in the Audit Environment

The traditional definition of internal auditing is gone forever. In its place is the expectation that we will supplement our compliance, information verification and control testing responsibilities with value-based ideas for operational and technical improvement. This seminar shows participants how to add measurable value by moving from internal auditor to internal consultant on every audit project. Included will be suggestions on how to blend traditional auditor responsibilities with a more consultative approach.

Fraud: Advanced Concepts for Auditors and Fraud Examiners

For professional auditors and fraud examiners interested in stepping up their fraud handling skills to a higher level, this one-day program is packed with “next step” practices for making effective Fraud Risk Management a reality on every project.

Fraud in the Government Environment

This program targets the unique fraud risk expectations of government managers and auditors. Legislators, the public and the press all expect that managers and audit teams all levels of government possess and can effectively deploy fraud prevention and detection expertise. But even very experienced government professionals acknowledge that handling wrongdoing, misconduct and fraud issues, while interesting, is an area of great uncertainty and risk. This ‘how to’ program will help you bridge the gap between expectations and your ability to confidently manage the risks of fraud in your areas of responsibility.

Fraud Issues & Answers for CPAs

The fraud expectations for CPAs are at an all time high. Despite what the professional standards and engagement letters say, most client managers and owners believe CPAs have expertise in the prevention, detection and handling of wrongdoing and fraud. These beliefs, while often flawed, can still result in a gap between what is wanted and what CPAs are capable of delivering. This interactive seminar provides specific steps to help professional auditors and accountants fully meet fraud-handling expectations. The “how to” approach helps participants identify and document fraud exposures and provides practical ideas on how to handle those exposures. Course materials include examples of what can go wrong in financial statements and how fraud is reflected in accounting and other records. Also included are planning ideas as well as suggestions for handling fraud when it is discovered.

Fraud Issues & Answers for Credit Union Auditors, Managers and Board Members

Effective fraud risk management is critical to any financial institution. And in the credit union environment audit professionals, functional managers, and Board members all play key roles in supporting fraud deterrence, early detection and incident response efforts. But even very senior credit union auditors and management leaders will acknowledge that handling their wrongdoing, misconduct and fraud issues, while interesting, is an area of great uncertainty and risk. What is needed is a place for all to learn the skills necessary to respond appropriately and effectively to these challenges. This highly interactive program does just that.

Fraud Issues & Answers for Internal Auditors: The Auditor’s Role in Fraud Prevention, Detection and Handling

This is our most popular fraud training program for auditors. Available in either a one-day or tailored two-day deep-dive format, participants are given the core skills needed to address fraud prevention, detection and handling issues that come up in the audit environment. Through a combination of lecture, real-world examples, short cases, participant brainstorming, and small group discussion, this training seminar provides an opportunity for auditors at all levels to learn the skills necessary to respond appropriately and effectively to fraud challenges in their work.

Fraud Issues & Answers for Managers and Key Control Employees : How Executives, Managers and Employees Can Prevent, Detect and Efficiently Handle Wrongdoing, Misconduct and Fraud

Organization leaders who are serious about managing the risks of wrongdoing, misconduct and fraud are waking up to the fact that most supervisors and employees simply lack the necessary skills. This ‘how to’ program fills in that gap – it shows participants exactly what to do to manage the fraud risks in their areas of responsibility. In this interactive workshop, executives, managers, supervisors and employees will learn the specific steps to take to prevent wrongdoing as part of their daily duties. And when prevention efforts occasionally fail, they’ll find issues faster and handle them more effectively.

Fraud Issues & Answers for Not-for-Profit Organizations

The not-for-profit business environment has many unique fraud risks – including fund raising pressures, proper use of donated funds and government grants, the need to report positive program results, and plain old theft and abuse. The need to balance a mission focus, public scrutiny, inherent trust, and limited staffing all combine to create exposures to wrongdoing that demand vigilance. As a result, many not-for-profit Board members, managers and staff are finding they simply don’t have the skills (or time!) necessary to fulfill these responsibilities. Many leaders are waking up to this shortfall in skills and teaching everyone what they need to know to handle fraud challenges. This program does just that – shows participants how to manage their fraud risks in the not-for-profit business environment.

Financial Statement Fraud

Fraud in financial statements continues to plague investors, lenders, business leaders and auditors. Despite tough regulatory requirements like those in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, financial fraud schemes still surface on a very regular schedule. Using examples and real-life cases, this program will show participants what can go wrong, what it looks like, and what they can do about it. Tips for prevention, quick detection and efficient response will be provided, including action steps that managers and auditors can use immediately on the job. You can build the last line of defense in protecting investors, lenders and others against fraudulent financial assertions by applying the ideas in this program.

How to Audit…Better!

This powerful seminar contains our BEST ideas for government and internal auditors. The fast-paced format is packed with ‘how to’ advice on individual, department and audit project effectiveness. Participants will leave the program with a tailored list of action items that they can use on the job immediately. Short on theory and deep into ‘what to do’ instructions, the lecture, discussion, exercises and case examples provide a structure for applying leading edge ideas efficiently and effectively in any audit group and on any audit project.

How to Get Ahead @ Work

Learn a proven “how-to” action framework for employees, supervisors and managers in any organization to improve measurable results, get noticed, increase opportunities, and push careers forward. The fast-paced program is packed with turn-by-turn instructions to use immediately – regardless of past experience, management level, or technical specialty. Designed for both individual participants and business teams seeking to multiply their results by bringing greater precision and clarity to the everyday actions in their work. All participants will finish the program with a tailored list of action items that bridges the gap between seminar learning points and action. Simply, this program will make your work life…Better!

High Impact Auditing: Practices That Pay

Every day, the expectations placed on professional internal auditors are on the rise. As a result, we all find ourselves in a constant state of “catching up” in order to meet the needs of management, board members, clients and even ourselves. This highly interactive program will discuss proven ideas that can dramatically increase the daily effectiveness and perceived value of the individual auditor and the audit team.

How to Prevent Business Fraud: 8 Ideas that Work

The goals of anti-fraud efforts are prevention and immediate detection. While no anti-fraud system is foolproof, the 8 ideas in this program are critical to managing fraud risks in your business. And there is a cumulative effect: more of them you apply in your business, the greater the chance of success. Providing turn-by-turn instructions for business leaders and owners, this program is short on theory and long on practical ‘how-to’ instructions on what you should do and what gets in the way. You’ll benefit by building a stronger defense against the risks of wrongdoing, misconduct, theft and outright fraud. Using the tools, checklists, talking points, and sample anti-fraud policies included in the program, you’ll be able to apply the ideas right away with minimal cost and maximum effect.

Managing Fraud Risks In Procurement and Contracting

All business entities have fraud risks. But exposures in procurement and contracting often top the list of what can go wrong. Among the many fraud risks that must be proactively managed is the possibility that third party suppliers and contractors will take unfair advantage of the relationship, entice employees into questionable practices, and commit wrongful acts or outright fraud. This program addresses the fraud risks inherent in procurement and contracting, and will present solutions for managers and auditors interested in guarding their organizations against the costs and other negative consequences of misconduct and fraud. Short on theory and long on practical ideas, the program will give participants the tools and techniques they need “on the job”. Case examples will highlight not only what can go wrong, but what participants can do about it in their own organizations.

Mastering the Critical Skills

As the experts they are, professional auditors must have outstanding technical skills. But they must also be expert at communicating their ideas, influencing managers and employees, and driving change – all while demonstrating both real and perceived value. Traditional audit training is heavily focused on technical and audit reporting issues, but what about auditor communication, behavior and interpersonal skills. Things like building rapport and trust, interviewing and presenting confidently, and selling our ideas. While we all agree that sound technical skills are required for auditor effectiveness, the mastery and daily application of communication and interpersonal skills are just as important. This seminar teaches participants how to master critical communication and interpersonal skills needed by all auditors.

Selling Audit Ideas: Surfacing Issues, Identifying the Real Causes, & Getting Managers to Act

Auditors are expected to have mastery of many skills – including communications, data testing, cause diagnosis, and motivation. But are these expectations reasonable? Is it fair to assume that every internal auditor should be a master at surfacing hidden problems and unexplored opportunities? And when issues are identified, is it really the auditor’s job to convince managers to act? Unfortunately for auditors, most executives believe that the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!”