Five Tips for Using Flip Charts
Flip charts continue to be a valuable tool for any learning environment or team meeting with less than 30 attendees. Since they are portable, easy to use, economical, and easy to create, flip charts can provide an excellent resource for capturing, displaying and, collecting, and sharing information when working with a group.
Here are five basic tips for creating and using flip charts effectively:
1. Rather than waste paper when preparing your flip charts in advance, plan what will go on the page on a sheet of writing or computer paper with a pencil. This will allow you to visualize where to place images and text before transferring it to a sheet of flip chart paper.
2. Select water-based markers specifically designed for flip charts. They will not “bleed through” the page and damage the one behind it. There is no strong offensive odor found with permanent ink markers. You can even buy scented fruit-flavored markets (e.g. Mr. Sketch).
3. Buy a paper that is already lined to eliminate having to use a straight edge tool to ensure your text does not slant down or up the page.
4. If you prepare pages in advance, use the 6-8 rule – no more than 6-8 words per line and 6-8 lines per page).
5. Use dark-colored markers (e.g. black, brown, navy blue, forest green, and red) to make text stand out. Only use lighter colors (e.g. orange, light blue, light green, yellow, or pink) to add emphasis or create images that complement the text.
For additional creative ideas for preparing, using, transporting, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.