Flip Chart Usage Tip

Flip Chart Usage Tip

Flip Chart Usage Tip

To add a bit of variety, create an acronym from the first letter of each word in a series of words or phrases that you plan to use in your learning event. Spell out the acronym down the left side of a flip chart page writing just the first letters of each word. (i.e. H.O.M.E.S. as an acronym for the Great Lakes in the United States [Heron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior] and A.D.D.I.E. for the Instructional System Design model [Assess, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate]).

As you go through the session content related to the acronym, introduce the word or concept represented by each letter, fill in the remainder of the word (as indicated above).

For more creative ideas and strategies for making, 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.

Flip Chart Usage Tip by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Book Author, and Training Industry Blog Author

Listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the South & Southeast, Bob Lucas is an internationally-known author and learning and performance expert who specializes in workplace performance-based training and consulting services. He has four decades of experience in customer service, human resources development, and management in a variety of organizational environments. Bob was the 1995 and 2011 President of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Bob has lived, traveled and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as, Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics.

To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Basic Flip Chart Layout and Design

Basic Flip Chart Layout and Design

A simple way to approach your flip chart design is to think of a phrase summarizing your topic that will grab the audience’s attention.  Next, condense the details of that concept down to the fewest words necessary to convey the thought. Finally, decide on a graphic image that will complement the words and enhance the message.

Basic Flip Chart Layout and Design by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Adult Training Blogger

For example, in a session on employment law that I delivered to employees years ago, I was trying to convey the fact that a 1997 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on Employment Litigation found the following:

  • 4,900 HR professionals were surveyed.
  • Six of ten surveyed reported lawsuits in their organization within the past five years.
  • Fifty-seven percent said that their organization has been sued at least one lawsuit during that period.
  • Of the lawsuits, eleven percent involved sexual discrimination or equal pay disputes.

To flip chart this, I selected a title line and then decided how I was going to condense and succinctly lay the information out visually to aid understanding, The chart below was the result.

Basic Flip Chart Layout and Design

Arranging Information Effectively on Flip Charts

Arranging Information Effectively on Flip Charts

When arranging information on your flip charts, remember that there are typically more visual learners (as much as 65% of the population according to some research) in a group than auditory or kinesthetic learners.  For that reason, when preparing flip charts you might want to consider using graphic images, pictures, charts, and other visual elements to complement the written words and make the page more appealing to learners.

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Information arrangement refers to the visual pattern you select to attract and hold your participant’s attention and interest. Simplicity is the key when flip charting ideas.

Here are three simple strategies for creating and designing flip charts that are functional and memorable:

  • Do not clutter your page with too much information, color, or image.
  • Leave plenty of white space so that your participant’s attention is not being pulled in conflicting directions.
  • When laying out material on your page, select a pattern that resembles one of these letters:   C, O, S, Z, L, or T.

By doing applying these simple techniques and adding graphics to your flip chart pages, you will better appeal to people who favor the visual learning style or modality.

Arranging Information Effectively on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger. For additional ideas and suggestions on designing, 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.

Learn This Blogger – Robert W. Lucas

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).

Robert W. Lucas has lived, traveled, and worked in 28 different countries and geographic areas. During the past 40 years, Bob has shared his knowledge with workplace professionals from hundreds of organizations, such as Webster University, AAA, Orange County Clerk of Courts, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Martin Marietta, all U.S. military branches, and Wachovia Bank. In addition, Bob has provided consulting and training services to numerous major organizations on a variety of workplace learning topics. To contact Bob visit his website at www.robertwlucas.com or his blog www.thecreativetrainer.com.

Flip Chart 101 – Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

Flip Chart 101 – Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

There are many creative ways for trainers, facilitators, presenters, educators, and meeting leaders to enhance what they put onto flip chart paper. However, before getting too fancy you should master some flipchart basics when creating and effectively using a flip chart and flip chart easel. Call this Flip Chart 101 – Basic strategies for effectively using flip charts – positioning your easel.

Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

Here are two tips for effectively using your flip charts to convey messages to learners, audience members, or meeting attendees:

Position the Easel in the Correct Location. Lighting affects the visibility of what you write on your flip chart paper.  To ensure that everyone in the room can view your message, think about where you place your easel. Overhead lighting should highlight your page, not cast shadows. This means that your light should shine directly in front of the easel and not come from behind it.

Flip Chart 101 - Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts - Positioning Your Easel

 Stand on the Correct Side of the Easel.  If you have ever waited impatiently for someone who is writing on a flip chart page to move aside, so that you could read what they wrote and take notes, you understand the importance of positioning yourself correctly.

If you are right-handed, stand to the left of your easel and extend your arm across the page so that you do not block your participant’s view. If you are left-handed, stand to the right of your easel.

Like anything else in a learning or meeting environment, you increase your effectiveness as a trainer, facilitator, educator, or meeting leader if you use sound facilitation or presentation skills.

For more ideas on effectively making, 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.

YOUR THOUGHTS? – Please share any tips for effectively using flip charts in adult learning environments?