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Course Description

Awarding Body: CPD for Certified Internal Auditors

The aim of this workshop is to help participants develop their communication and client relationship building skills.  

Course modules

This is a single module course. (All the information is on this course page).

Successful Client Relationships


At the end of the workshop, you will have:

  • an understanding of the importance of being able to effectively apply the principles of good communication and the positive effect this can have on the development on auditor - client relationships

  • an understanding of the importance of good “listening” skills
  • an understanding and appreciation of the importance of body language in communication
  • an understanding and awareness of personal thinking styles
  • a plan for developing competence in communication and successful client auditor relations by applying it to real situations at work.
  • an understanding of good practice for effective meetings and interviews
  • an understanding of how to deal with “difficult” people
  • an understanding of good practice for effective one to one, and group, negotiation situations
  • an appreciation of assertiveness techniques in one to one, and group, situations 
  • an increased awareness, appreciation and understanding of the areas covered on the course and how to apply them to practical “real life” situations.


Auditors / Audit Managers / Operational Managers from all levels within an organisation





Introduction and Objectives

9.15 – 10.45

Key Factors in successful Client Relationships

What makes a successful relationship?

Personal Style and Its Effect on relationships

10.45 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.45

The Importance of Good Communication

Effective Communication

11.45 – 12.45

Communication (Cont)

The Importance of “Listening”

Personal Thinking Styles

12.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 15.15

 Communication (Cont)

Body Language And Its Role In Successful Client Relationships

15.15 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.45

Client Service

“Difficult” People

Dealing With “Difficult” People

16.45 – 17.00

Day 1 Review & Summary




9.00 – 9.15

“Difficult” People – Re-Visited

9.15 – 10.45


Assertiveness Techniques

Being Assertive

10.45 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.45

Assertiveness (Cont)

From No to Yes

11.45 – 12.45

Understanding The Client Position

Interviews / Meetings

The Structure Required To Conduct An Effective Meeting / Interview

12.45 – 13.45


13.45 – 15.00


Factors to consider

Conducting a Negotiation

Closing a Negotiation

One to One Practical Negotiations Exercise

15.00 – 15:15

Tea/ Coffee

15.15 – 16.45

Group Negotiations

Factors to consider

Group Negotiation Practical Exercise

16.45 – 17.00

Course Summary, Final Feedback, Next Steps






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Accredited By

institute of consulting premier practice
CIPFA Accredited
institute of consulting premier practice
leadership management wales
chartered management institute approved

  In Partnership With

institute of internal auditors

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