It’s been a little busy at re: The Auditors HQ lately. For the last two weeks I have been working on-site at a client, doing IT Governance/SOx related work. Yes, I still do real work – to pay the freight for the privilege of writing and to stay close to the content. Nothing like seeing an environment with multiple Big 4 vendors, a few staffing firms, and several internal audit directors in the last few years to limber up your joints.
Question for the Audit Committee experts in the field: What’s your view on “confidential” meetings with Audit Director and external audit firm (separately) that are not detailed in Audit Committee minutes? Inquiring minds want to know…
Tomorrow, Monday May 4th, I will be speaking at the Houston IIA Chapter meeting at the request of one of their officers, Catherine Hasley, a Twitter friend. Noon at the Houston Club.
My presentation: “Lessons From Current Crisis – What’s An Internal Auditor To Do?”
There’s a Tweet-Up/Meet-Up at the Flying Saucer that evening. Here’s the Twitvite with details. Hope to see all my Houston-area readers there.
This past weekend I attended a conference called SOBCon – Biz School For Bloggers. A good friend and mentor in the Chicago area, Liz Strauss, is the guiding light of this community. I was not able to attend all the sessions but what I saw was super-valuable for both the content and the context. It’s often difficult to remember, when you’re so immersed in it, that everyone doesn’t blog, everyone doesn’t Twitter, everyone doesn’t want to be on Facebook. (Count me in the last group but it’s a necessity in my chosen endeavor.)
Being in a group of experienced bloggers and experts in advertising, public relations, marketing communications, e-commerce, and the technology of “social media” – all that I am doing right now – was invaluable. I met many wonderful people, got to know some even better, and learned a lot about how the business of blogging is done. This learning included seeing how seasoned veterans like Liz get the message out and help others to achieve their goals. In addition to this great “inside world,” we enjoyed a beautiful Chicago “outside world.” It was an amazing weekend here, finally warm and sunny. At a few events we were able to sit outside, sip a cold beverage, and enjoy the amazing Windy City skyline.
Doesn’t get any better than that.
One of the conference sponsors is right up our alley, GOGO Inflight, WiFi for your airline flight. Darren Waxman, their Director of Brand Development and Interactivity, was the nicest guy.
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Thank you! Happy Travels! from Gogo Inflight Internet.
I also have some coupons for one free inflight internet session. To win one, send me a haiku about travel, to my Twitter account @retheauditors. The three best haikus by Wednesday, May 6 EOB, will get a coupon.
If you don’t know how to haiku, go here.
If you don’t have a Twitter account yet – what are you waiting for? The community of accountants and auditors is huge and growing bigger every day. And there are also tons of recruiters there. And so many other interesting folks.
Follow me and I will follow you back, lickety-split.
Just do it.
Here’s my haiku to get you started.
Wings up, free as bird.
Go-going to some places