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Once upon a time

The art of storytelling in devising case histories

Tell me a story. Since our toddler days, we've enjoyed hearing a good tale. Stories that we can immerse ourselves in. That excite us. Teach us. Change us. Oh, how we love a good yarn. Why should we change when we enter the classroom?

Whether we're teaching how to interview, give expert witness testimony or prepare clients' reports, storytelling is an integral component. How can we provide memorable experiences for our students while making sure that we cover foundational information successful fraud examiners need to know?

More than war stories

My students tell me some of their favorite class memories are when visiting fraud examiners share cases: investigations, discoveries, confessions, report writing, court presentations, lessons learned, successes and failures.

As educators (and visiting practitioners) we need to tell our stories in a clear, credible manner so they become more than "war stories." Fraud examination only comes alive for your students when you teach principles through fascinating case histories. Sometimes, however, we need to help our visiting practitioners deliver stories that will make an impression.


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