Creative Flipchart Ideas That Address The Visual Learning Style

Creative Flipchart Ideas That Address The Visual Learning Style

Creative Flipchart Ideas That Address The Visual Learning Style

Adult learning professionals and educators who conduct training sessions are often challenged with discovering ways to attract and hold the attention of their participants. Since the majority of people in any group primarily have a visual learning style preference, using flip charts is a good way to share information with them.

Creative Flipchart Ideas That Address The Visual Learning Style by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to prepare flip charts for a training session or presentation. Even though it can be time-consuming, I can express my personality and ideas on paper. Unlike computer programs where you are limited to the graphic and text images included in the program (unless you are a computer wizard and can create your own stuff), with flipcharts, you can be as creative as you like. You are limited only by your imagination (and the time and resources you have available).

For example, one of the most creative techniques I’ve discovered in a while came from an acquaintance (Linda Wells of Lubbock, Texas). Her idea involves preparing flipchart pages before a scheduled session. She uses large cotton balls to coat a flip chart page with food coloring. She then uses a large cotton tip swab dipped in household chlorine bleach to draw letters and images on the colored paper. In effect, Linda creates a “reverse image” that is truly eye-catching and unique.

To enhance your own flip chart skills, I encourage you to take opportunities to practice whenever possible. Pick a couple of clip art images or characters you like from books, the Internet, or another source. Once you have a few ideas…doodle whenever you have time. This means to draw the images on scraps of paper, restaurant napkins, or wherever you have access to a writing surface. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to replicate the images on your flip chart pages with little effort. And remember, your participants are not art critics (well… most are not).

For additional ideas and strategies on making, and using flipcharts in your training or adult learning events, get copies of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators and The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.