I think we can all agree on one thing - Internal auditors have a reputation of being staid, conservative, routine, mundane, humdrum, drab...oh, let's just put it out there – the word we are searching for is boring. This perception has come about because of many factors, but I am convinced one of the main reasons is the way we present ourselves.
Think about it. What do most auditors do when they enter a room? Smile, shake hands, introduce themselves, jump right in with an amusing anecdote about the auditor who left a typo in his latest report. These are not the actions of people who want to make any real impression.
The solution? A set of catch phrases; words we can use so that people remember us as energetic, enthusiastic, fun-loving professionals anyone would be honored to work with. Accordingly, I present a list of catch phrases I think all auditors should begin using. Make one the phrase you use to kick off every meeting. Make one your standard exit line. Heck, make one the trademark by which your department is noted. They are fun. They are exciting. And they say, "Wake up. The auditors are here."
What catch phrases do you think we should be using?
By the power of audit committee...I have the power.
Boom goes the test result.
Say "hello" to my little finding.
Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let's go auditing.
Audit 'em Danno.
Let's get ready to hummblllllle.
You wouldn't like me when I have findings.
The power of the audit charter compels you.
Can you smell what the auditor is cooking?
I pity the fraudster.
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You cost the company millions. Prepare to be in my report.
What'chu talkin' 'bout, manager?
To the findings...and beyond!
We're on a mission from the audit committee.
We're from Audit...Internal Audit.
You are the biggest risk. Goodbye.
This audit is going to be legen...wait for it...dary.
And, of course, the most famous auditing catch phrase of all time:
We're from auditing; we're here to help you.