Flip Chart Usage Basic Tip – Face Your Audience

Flip Chart Usage Basics Tip – Face Your Audience

Flip Chart Usage Basic Tip – Face Your Audience

There are many advanced creative ways to use flipcharts when working with adult learners. Even so, you should never forget one time-tested flip chart usage basic tip – face your audience.

Many trainers make the mistake of writing on a flipchart and talking at the same time. If you do that, your back will be to your learners and people will have difficulty hearing what you say. Instead, write, put your marker down (so you’re not tempted to play with it), face you learners, then speak.

For more suggestions on how to effectively use a flip chart in training, educational and team meeting settings check out 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?

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Flip Chart 101 – Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Flip Chart 101 – Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Rather than displaying prepared flipcharts before you are ready to discuss them, try using the “revelation” technique. As when showing one line of PowerPoint text at a time, you can use a similar technique with flip charts.

Flip Chart 101 - Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

To use the revelation technique, form a small circle of masking tape and attach it to the bottom corners of the page you are displaying — so that the sticky part faces out away from the wall or easel.  Next, bring the taped area up and attach it just below the title line of your page so that the rest of the text remains covered. Thus, you are using the bottom portion of the page as its own cover.

As you are ready to discuss a point, move the taped edge down to display the next line.

For additional ideas on how to effectively design, develop, 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.

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Robert W. ‘Bob’ Lucas has been a trainer, presenter, customer service expert, and adult educator for over four decades. He has written hundreds of articles on training, writing, self-publishing, and workplace learning skills and issues. He is also an award-winning author. Robert W. Lucas has written thirty-seven books. The book topics included: writing, relationships, customer service, brain-based learning,  and creative training strategies, interpersonal communication, diversity, and supervisory skills. Additionally, he has contributed articles, chapters, and activities to eighteen compilation books. Mr. Lucas is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.

Creative Flip Chart Tip – Alternative to Post-It Flip Chart Pads

Creative Flip Chart Tip – Alternative to Post-It Flip Chart Pads

Some trainers, facilitators, and educators like using the Post-It flip chart pads with the adhesive strip along the top of pages. These allow you to adhere to pages to a wall without using painters or masking tape. I personally do not like this type of paper since the glue makes it difficult to roll evenly and store, then reuse pre-draw pages that you want to take along to the next session. This type of paper also makes it difficult to flip a page over the top of the easel once you finish writing on it and want to go to another page.

Creative Flip Chart Tip

If you do not plan to re-use your pages after a session, there is a cheaper alternative to these more expensive pads with the glue strip. Buy a standard flip chart pad and a can of repositionable artists adhesive spray.  Before participants arrive, tear off a sheet of paper from the pad and spray the back with the adhesive. Adhere the page to the back of a metal flip chart easel or the pad of paper on an easel. After you have written what you want on it, remove and adhere the page to the wall or other surface.

Always test the spray adhesive on paper that you place on an obscure area of the wall to ensure no damage results – some fabric wall surfaces might discolor (especially if you buy a cheaper brand of spray). Additionally, the spray usually has a strong odor. Always follow instructions on the package and use it in a ventilated area. Also, keep in mind some participants might have allergies or respiratory conditions, so use it before they arrive in a well-ventilated area.

For additional creative ideas on 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.

Flip Chart Use Secrets

Flip Chart Use Secrets

Any trainer, presenter or facilitator who has been using flip charts long has likely developed a few tips that they could share with others on how to effectively use a flip chart.

Flip Chart Use Secrets

Flip Chart Use Secrets by The Creative Trainer

The following are three tips that I often share in train-the-trainer programs when participants ask for some basic flip chart usage strategies.

1.   If you create flip charts in advance. Plus, if you have prepared key concepts that you will discuss as you display a page. It can make small lightly penciled notes in the upper corner of each flip chart page.

These comments should be key points that you want to make about your topic. As you turn to each new page, briefly glance at these notes to remind you what you planned to say.

From a distance, participants will not see these small notes and will think you are a master facilitator!

2.   Rather than having to deal with a large roll of masking or painters tape each time you want to tear a flip chart page and have it posted on the wall, wrap a small amount of tape around one of the markers that you place in the flip chart tray at the bottom of the easel. You can then simply unroll a small amount of tape each time it is required.

3.  An alternative to the last tip is to tear off several pieces of tape and place them along the edge of the flip chart easel so that when you are ready to post a page, you simply grab a couple and hang the sheet.

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.

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

The beauty of flip charts as a training aid is that with a bit of planning and practice most people can deliver and record information like a professional with them.

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Creative Training Author

Here are three flip chart tips that will help you in your quest to look like a flip chart expert:

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

1.  Create a colorful cover sheet that introduces your topic and have it showing as participants walk into the room.

2.  Place 2-3 inch strips of masking tape along the edge of your flip chart easel before learners arrive so that it is ready when you are to post pages on the wall with minimum effort and lost time.

3.  Put tabs made of 1-2 inch masking tape (this works better than the blue or green painters tape for visibility) or sticky note paper strips on each page and write the flip chart page topics on them. This allows you to quickly identify content on-page that you want to flip to during your session.

BONUS TIP: When using tip number 3, print the content topic on both the front and back of each tab so that you can read them whether the page has been turned or not.