Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel   |  September 30 - October 3, 2018

Cocktail Party Skills for Auditors

Sylvie Soucy
02 Oct 2018
10:00 - 10:50
SALONS 6/7 - LEVEL 3

Cocktail Party Skills for Auditors

The theme is The Agile Auditor in an Age of Disruption. According to Webster, to be agile is to have a quick resourceful and adaptable character.  Disruption is defined as being thrown into disorder.  Amid this disorder, the auditor can provide a source of reliable and evidence-based information to assist the organisation.  To do so, however, particularly in times of chaos, auditors have to be seen as more then watchdog.  They have to be trusted advisors.  According to Paul J. Zak, in a article published in the Harvard Business Review entitled “The Neuroscience of Trust”, when people intentionally build social ties at work, their performance improves. In my view, this is similar for colleagues as part of a community. So, how does effective cocktail skills contribute to the theme?  By talking to auditors on how they can make themselves more relatable in social settings, they can, among other things, better promote the value of their work by talking about what they do in an exciting and interesting manner; or they can listen to colleagues and clients and gain access to information on emerging risks that may inform the annual risk assessment and audit plan, rendering it more relevant to the organisation’s objectives and concerns.