Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer

Flip charts are incredibly handy for posting content and graphics to make information and data available in classrooms and meetings. You can share and gather ideas, comments, and other important content as needed by simply having a flip chart pad, easel, and markers available during a presentation, training session or group meeting.

To ensure that you maximize the benefits of flip charts without wasting time or money, consider these two simple tips:

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts

Always use water-based markers specifically designed for flip charts since the ink in them is less likely to “bleed” or soak through the paper and ruin the next sheet of paper. This is especially important if you are preparing charts in advance. Since the flip chart paper is expensive, you likely do not want to waste every other sheet because of ink spots coming through a page.

To prevent ink bleed through your flip chart paper, either put a second sheet of paper underneath the one you plan to write on (especially if you have a sheet posted on a wall that you plan to write on) or tear off a sheet that you are preparing, flip the pad over and use the cardboard backing as a writing surface to absorb any leakage.

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Training Industry Expert

For additional ideas on effectively 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.

Creative Way to Add Images To Your Flip Charts

Creative Way to Add Images To Your Flip Charts

If you want to add creative bullet points that tie to a session theme, add novelty, or provide visual enhancement to your written messages, take the time to gather a few tools for your trainer’s toolbox.

Creative Way to Add Images To Your Flip Charts

Go to art, craft, or another store in your area or on the Internet that sells wooden or cloth craft shapes.  There are literally hundreds of items used by artists and craft enthusiasts that can be used to enhance your presentation. For example, plastic or wooden figures of flowers, clothing shapes, furniture, people, equipment, or whatever can be used to trace graphic icons or images. Simply put on a blank flip chart page and trace the shape as you prepare your flip chart pages in advance of a learning event. If you still have access to an overhead projector, project the image to enlarge it on your flipchart paper and trace.

Creative Way to Add Images To Your Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

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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).

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.

Using Creative Borders for Flip Charts

Using Creative Borders for Flip Charts

Using creative borders for flip charts is a unique and stimulating way to segment information and complement written messages.  These can range from simple combinations of colored lines (single, double, or combination), patterns, shapes,  and graphic images to the various themed styles available in graphics software.

Using Creative Borders for Flip Charts

Using borders related to your program themes can add color and creativity.  For example, if your session topic is expanding your international sales into an additional foreign market, you might border the page or separate sections of data with a border of that nation’s flag or one of its famous landmarks. For a session related to computer software or other technology, use incorporate images of a computer, cell phone, or other appropriate items into the borders. In sessions on customer service, use smiley faces or other simple characters.

Using Creative Borders for Flip Charts

Clipart images are available online through copyright free sites and on various clipart software packages. You can also create your images own in advance or on the spot if you are artistic.

Using Creative Borders for Flip Charts

Do you say you’re still creatively challenged?  Then cheat! If you want to use a graphic image on your flip chart that needs to be larger or smaller than ones you have created, copied, or printed from a computer, simply make a copy and scan it into your computer. Next, create a slide and project that onto a flip chart page, then lightly trace with a pencil. You can then go over the traced line with a colored marker. If you still have access to an overhead projector, you can also copy your image onto a sheet of transparency film and project it onto the page for tracing.

For more creative training ideas, get copies of The Big Book of Flip Charts or The Creative Training Idea Book.