Creative Flip Chart Idea – Important Issues Page

Creative Flip Chart Idea – Important Issues Page

In a meeting, training, or brainstorming session when someone offers an issue, idea, expectation, concern, or whatever, that is not part of the planned agenda.

Creative Flip Chart Idea – Important Issues Page by The Creative Trainer

I encourage you to create a flip chart entitled Important Issues (I have also heard this type of page referred to as an idea Parking Lot). Tell them that while their item is important and of concern, it is crucial to get through the planned agenda before addressing extra issues.

Creative Flip Chart Idea - Important Issues PageExplain that if time permits at the end of the session you will revisit items on the sheet at the end of the scheduled event. If that is not possible, tell them you will either meet privately or schedule another meeting to address the items, if feasible.

This approach recognizes the importance of their issues without sacrificing valuable program time or getting off track.

For additional creative ideas on using flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators by Robert W. Lucas

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Robert W. Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert. He specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. Furthermore, he has four decades of experience in human resources development, management, and customer service in a variety of organizational environments. Robert Lucas was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

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