Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages

No two ways about it…flipcharts are inexpensive, low-tech and useful tools for adult learning and meeting environments. With a simple pad of flip chart paper and an assortment of multi-colored, water-based flip chart markers (e.g. Mr. Sketch), you can easily share information and images visually and gather useful ideas or other information from a group of adult learners.

If you are a trainer, facilitator, adult educator, supervisor, consultant or another person who regularly shares ideas and information with adult learners, employees or clients, flip charts are a proven resource for effectiveness.

Here are some simple ways to post your masterpieces after you create them so that all participants or attendees can easily see and read what is on them.

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages Flip Chart Hangers.

These sturdy metal hangers can be attached to a map rail above a dry erase board or elsewhere in an adult learning environment or office and used to hang prepared flip charts on pads or blank pads for writing. When not using your flip chart pages or pads, just store them out of view.



Hold Up, Display Rail.

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart PagesAfter mounting these sturdy display rail devices on your classroom wall, you simply insert pages or prepared charts between the pressure arms and make them instantly visible to your group.

For hundreds of creative ideas for enhancing flip chart facilitation skills and for making, using, storing and transporting flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.


How To Make A Flip Chart – Five Back to the Basics Tips

How To Make A Flip Chart - Five Back to the Basics Tips

How To Make A Flip Chart – Five Back to the Basics Tips

Flipcharts have been around for decades and have served thousands of trainers, presenters, adult educators, facilitators, managers, and team leaders admirably. They have helped to reinforce spoken messages, post ideas and information for reference, collect brilliant ideas during training and brainstorming sessions, and aid visual learners by reinforcing key concepts in meetings and adult learning sessions all over the world.

Even so, many people still struggle with how to generate useful and creative flipcharts that will benefit both session leaders and their adult learners. The following are five “How to Make a Flip Chart” basics that you can use for preparing flip charts that are not only functional but also easy to create.

1. Decide why you are going to use a flip chart. Many trainers, facilitators, and adult educators want to prepare their flip charts in advance using keywords or concepts that can guide the session delivery and provide a visual reference for them and their learners.  If this is your goal, then spend some time deciding what will be on each sheet and when you will display them.

You may also just want to have blank pages available for use during activities, to capture key thoughts and ideas during a session or to spontaneously draw or write information based on session discussions.

2. Create your flip charts in advance. Use multi-colored, water-based, flipchart markers to avoid the ink from “bleeding through” or saturating the page and damaging the following page, thus wasting money.

Advance preparation allows you to project an image of a professional who comes prepared to facilitate knowledge. It also says time in the classroom since you do not have to spend time writing as learners watch.

3. Use images and colorful borders on your pages to add a bit of sizzle to each and to attract attention. You can use drawings related to the session content (e.g. figures or people, animals, items and so on) to tie into written information on the paper. These might be simple bullet points. For example, if you are doing a session on customer service, using smiley faces instead of colored dots adds a bit of light-heartedness and visual variety to the pages. Make sure to use different colors from the text you have written to make the images stand out.

4. Add small lightly penciled notes to the edges of your pages. These remind you of comments you want to make or let you know what your next activity or topic will be as you are turning pages. Your attendees cannot see them from a distance, they keep you forgetting important points and you look like you have everything memorized.

5. Practice using your flip chart before getting in front of a group. If you are right-handed, stand to the right side of the flip chart easel as you face the group. When ready to turn a page as you are facing the group, simply reach back with your left hand, grasp the bottom left corner of the page and gently lift it up and over the easel to gracefully display the next page of text. If you are left-handed, stand on the left side.

Standing as indicated also allows you to write across the page without blocking note-taking participants since you only extend you are across the page without obstructing the page.

For hundreds of additional flip chart techniques and strategies on how to make, use, transport and store flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators by Robert W. Lucas.

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

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners

Many trainers and facilitators of adult learning often struggle to find ways to gain the attention of their participants at the beginning of a training session or to regain it following a break, group activity, or exercise.

Here are some simple ways to accomplish this task by using novel noisemakers, if you find yourself in such situations. All of these items can be found through a search on the Internet ( or by visiting local stores.

Five Strategies for Gaining or Regaining The Attention of Adult Learners by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

Slide whistles. For smaller classrooms or groups, you can get a variety of novel, fun, and loud party noisemakers at party stores, many general merchandise stores (e.g. Wal-Mart and Big Lots), and on

Metal gongs. These classic musical instruments are basically a metal disk similar to a toy Frisbee that is suspended from a small stick and struck by a wooden mallet to make a sound.

Teacher’s classroom bell. For smaller group sessions, these teachers’ classroom bells work well to gain attention or signal quiet. You can often find these in local teacher supply stores.

Squawkin’ chicken. These rubber chicken actually serve multiple purposes. When you squeeze the toy and release, a loud squawking sound is omitted. The larger 18-inch versions are better for larger groups (e.g. 25 or so participants). You can also use these humorous items to point to flip chart or slide information.

Metal Cowbells. These are simple to use bells that by shaking make a loud clacking sound to attract attention. Available in party supply stores.

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