Presentation Tips – Using a Flipchart Effectively
Flip charts are proven, versatile, effective, and easy to use training aids that have been used in adult learning environments for decades. While they are relatively easy to set up and use, you need to practice with them just like you would any other learning tool.
The following are some issues that trainers and others who deal with adult learners encounter if they are unprepared or take their flipchart for granted.
If you have been delivering information to groups for any period of time, you have probably had one of those embarrassing moments. You know, like when you are writing on a flip chart pad and the easel tumbles over because one of the legs isn’t locked into position.
Presentation Tips – Using a Flipchart Effectively by The Creative Trainer
Another common problem occurs when a tripod frame and the legs slowly start getting shorter. Why? Because the locking nuts were either not securely tightened or have worn out allowing the weight of the flip chart pad to pull the whole frame slowly toward your knees!
To avoid these types of embarrassing moments, make sure that you use sturdy (solid backed) flip chart easels. Many organizations buy the cheap three-legged portable easels with retractable legs and two pegs at the top to mount a pad of paper. Unfortunately, the legs get bent over time and will not extend or retract. Further, the pegs often do not fit the hole size of your pads, they wobble when used, and there is no place to put your markers. This not a professional image.
Another point to consider when using a flip chart is where to position it (see figure). If you place the easel so that the light shines directly on the front of the paper, there will be no shadows. Placing it with lighting behind it can cast shadows and make information difficult to read from a distance.
Extracted from Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events That Get Results. For additional ideas on designing, developing, using, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators.