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Emotional Intelligence & Translating Geek Speak to Business Speak3/20/2018 5:55 PM

Geek Speak
This session will take a humorous, but valuable look at the way we communicate as technology and audit professionals and how communication style impacts our relationships with the business. We are often unknowingly creating communication boundaries, obstacles and challenges that negatively impact those relationships. New, and frequently funny, examples of the issues created by jargon and technical language will be used to examine ways to improve communication skills and approach and build successful productive relationships in the workplace.

More importantly we will focus on how easy it is to avoid these common communication pitfalls and improve communication skills by using a few simple methods and techniques that attendees can immediately apply which will lead to better working relationships with the business, better audit results and greater value for the organization. Auditors spend the majority of their time communicating: speaking with clients, preparing information for distribution and deciphering information they have gathered. Having effective communication skills is a necessity for success. This session aims to help auditors and technology professionals identify and overcome many of the challenges they face, and sometimes unwittingly create.

Emotional Intelligence
Internal Auditors spend the majority of their time communicating: speaking with and interviewing clients, preparing information for distribution and deciphering information they have gathered. Those communications can frequently be strained and auditors regularly encounter conflict, difficult situations and at times difficult people. Having the skills and emotional intelligence to turn these situations into an opportunity to build positive relationships and end conflict will improve any auditor’s effectiveness. Excellent communication skills is a necessity to be a successful auditor.

This course is designed to provide auditors with the communication skills foundation required to handle the many communication situations auditors face daily. Participants will gain an understanding of how different communication styles impacts both how a message is presented and received and how through emotional intelligence effectively manage various communication formats.

Specific focus will be spent on gaining solid interviewing skills to make the audit experience more pleasant and effective for both the auditor and the client. Interviewing is part science and part art form and this course is designed to help auditors develop the interviewing skills needed for establishing rapport and effective fact gathering. Participants will gain an understanding of how their and their client’s communication style influence the effectiveness of each interview and learn how to conduct successful interview every time. This interactive course will use lecture, group exercises, real-life case studies and examples to help auditors develop communications skills to be immediate implemented in interviewing situations, meetings and presentations and report writing. Additionally, handling conflict and difficult situations and developing negotiating skills will be covered.

Speaker Bio
Mary Breslin is the President of Empower Audit Training & Consulting. She is a performance-driven business strategist with 20 years of high integrity accounting and audit leadership experience in prominent global corporations. She has worked with multinational companies on financial integrations and complex Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects.

She is a natural leader with a strong record of building and guiding high-morale and high-performance teams through training, mentoring, and coaching.

Strengths: Audit Programs; Internal Audits, Fraud Audits, SOX/Regulatory Compliance, Inventory Management, Risk Management Accounting/Finance: GAAP, IFRS, Budgeting, Expense Control, Financial Analysis, Reporting, P&L Reporting, Inventory Accounting, Fixed Asset Accounting Operational Leadership: Change Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business, Restructuring, Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, Process Improvements Specialties: Certified Fraud Examiner Forensic Accountant, Certified Public Accountant designation in progress.

Other information:
 - This event will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Empire in Bloomington, IL.
- This event provides 7 CPEs.
- The cost is $100 for members and $125 for non-members.
- Gluten free food options are available.

Check back soon for a link to register!

Optimized Critical Thinking 2/19/2018 12:41 PM

A One Day Detailed Course on Getting the Most of our Auditors and Thinking Outside the Box.
Critical Thinking is defined as a type of reasonable, reflective thinking that is aimed at deciding what to believe or what to do. It is a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false. Critical thinking is an important component of most professions, especially in specialized fields such as the medical field, air travel and any specific science, including internal audit. As auditors, the ability to optimize our critical thinking skills will assist in distinguishing auditors as value-added employees to an organization. This one-day course will assist attendees in understanding the concepts of critical thinking and applying it to all aspects of the audit process.
• Understand the basics of critical thinking, including definitions and terms
• Learn the importance of critical thinking and how it can help distinguish the audit department
• Learn the key steps in the critical thinking process and how to sell changes to the organization
About the Speaker: Danny M. Goldberg is a well-known speaker on internal auditing and People-Centric Skills. Danny co-authored People-Centric©Skills: Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Internal Auditors, via Wiley Publications.
This is the first book published specifically to address the wide-ranging topic of communication skills for internal auditors. It has been offered through the IIA and ISACA bookstores since July 2015 and has sold over 2,000 copies (through September 2016). Danny has over 18 years of professional experience, including five years leading/building internal audit functions. Danny was named as one of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 for 2014.
Danny is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified in Risk Management Assurance, has obtained his Certification in Control Self-Assessment and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. October 2010)
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Upcoming Chapter Learning Events1/31/2018 8:41 PM

Mark your calendars now for these upcoming learning events!
  • February 13 - Connecting the Dots: Who, What, and Why of Risk Analysis and a Practitioner’s Guide to Control Evaluation (Dave Muxfeld at the Holiday Inn & Suites Bloomington Airport)
  • March 29 - Optimized Critical Thinking (Danny Goldberg at the Northfield Center in Springfield) This meeting is in partnership with the IIA.
  • April 19 - Translating Geek Speak to Business Speak/Emotional Intelligence (Mary Breslin at the Holiday Inn & Suites Bloomington Airport)

We've also invite hacker Chris Roberts to speak with at the ISU Alumni Center in May. (Date TBD)

Free Download: Kevin McCarthy’s book Blindspots now available through Amazon1/8/2018 11:39 AM

Kevin McCarthy presented about Blindspots to the ISACA Illini Chapter in April of 2017. 


Blindspots are those unconscious biases, implicit associations, memory traps and thinking errors that affect our behavior and our decision-making abilities. 


Kevin’s book is now available through Amazon and on the first day of each month in 2018, a free digital copy will be available for everyone.  Please visit and search for "Kevin McCarthy BlindSpots", or you can simply click this link:


The Kindle version will be no charge - but only on the first day of each month. However, to accommodate for the holiday, the Kindle book will be available on January 15th as well. It is not necessary to own a Kindle device as the Kindle software / apps can be downloaded to any device/PC.