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An Open Letter to the Editors of Internal Auditor Magazine​​

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I have been an avid fan of Internal Auditor magazine for many years. In fact, I still have every copy I ever received since first joining the profession in 1983. (I am not making this up.) The magazine is a multi-multi-multi-award winner that has always been there to promote and support the profession.

However, a new year represents a new opportunity to look at things in new ways. And I think it is time to take a good, long, hard look at the magazine’s contents. Yes, the magazine is quite good. But, I sincerely believe it is time for the editorial staff to up its game by providing the readership more, shall we say, “sizzle.”

So, allow me to present a list of articles I believe would, in my humble opinion, make the magazine even better than it already is.

​He’s Not That Into You: How to Tell an Auditee Is Just Pretending to Care About Your Audit

CIA: License to Thrill?

Ten Subliminal Tricks That Will Make the Audit Committee Come Running to You With Requests

Audit Report Workouts That Really Reduce the Fat

May the Controls Be With You: Making Internal Audit the Obi-Wan of Risk Management

​Internal Auditors and the Executive Who Love Them

Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Auditees Do It, Let’s Do It, Let’s Get Some Controls

Don’t Try These at Home: Audit Programs That Put the Auditor in the ER

“My Mother Thinks I’m a Drug Runner”: When You’re Embarrassed to Admit You’re an Internal Auditor

You Probably Think This Audit’s About You: Separating the Auditee From the Audit

Ten Drinks That Will Make Any Auditee Open Up After Hours

Internal Audit Ghost Stories: “I Found Charles Ponzi Haunting Our Sales Department”

Every Audit Department Needs One: The Standards Whisperer

I’ll Have What He’s Having: Making Internal Audit Exciting Again

24 Hours of Hell: “They Made Me Approve ALL the Workpapers”

A Joke Too Far: This Fake Audit Report Was Accidently Released, and Everyone Had to Pay

Furries: Making the Audit Process a Little More Friendly

Too Young to Drive; Too Young to Audit?

Seven Surprising Signs That Mean They Really Think the Process is Under Control … And It’s Not

“I Sing in the Shower”: Get to Know Your IIA Staff​

Well, there you have them. I’ve already done my part by giving you the titles. Now it’s up to the editorial staff to develop the content. However, since this was all my idea, I’ll expect the royalty checks to start pouring in any day now.

Anyone else have any other great ideas?​

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