Basic Flip Chart Tips – Setup and Usage
Flipcharts are inexpensive, yet effective training aids for small groups of up to twenty-five participants (depending on the training room configuration). They provide an easy way to capture key thoughts or to highlight information in small group settings.
Basic Flip Chart Tips – Setup and Usage by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author
Some basic tips for using flipcharts are:
- Make sure the flip chart easel is locked into position and balanced.
- Place the easel so that ceiling lighting shines onto the front of the page and does not come from behind where it can cast a shadow and make viewing difficult.
- Don’t write on the flipchart and talk at the same time. Write first; then face learners and talk.
- Stand to the right side of the easel as you face your audience if you’re right-handed; stand to the left side, if left-handed. This allows you to face your participants and easily turn to capture key discussion points on paper with your writing hand while turning pages with your free hand.
- Don’t block your participants’ views when pointing to pre-printed information on the flipchart.
- When not writing, PUT THE MARKER DOWN!!! Playing with it or using it as a flip chart pointer can be distracting and communicate nervousness.
- Leave a sheet of blank flip chart paper between each sheet of text to prevent participants from “previewing” the next page as you discuss the current one. It also prevents damage to the next printed page should your marker “bleed” through.
The key to the effective flip charting of ideas is to ensure that your flip chart is the position for greatest participant visibility, that you position yourself to maximize its use, and that you choose the right marker and take steps to prevent ink “bleed through.”
If you liked what you just read and need additional ideas for making, storing, carrying, and effectively using this handy training aid, consider buying The Big Book of Flip Charts. For a printable copy of these tips and others on effective flip charting, click here.