Flip Chart 101 – 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

Flip Chart 101 – 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

The rule of thumb that you should always keep in mind when writing information on your flip chart pages it “keep it simple.”  Adding too much data, information, and images only clutter the page and reduces viewer comprehension.

Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages by The Creative Trainer

Here are 4 tips for writing effectively on flip chart pages:

Flip Chart 101 - 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

1) Put only one idea or concept on a page.  Adding too many ideas on a page can detract from your message and confuse participants.

Flip Chart 101 - 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

2) When lettering, use block letters rather that cursive or custom elaborate and/or intricate style lettering. Lettering that resembles Helvetica or Sans Serif-type fonts found in word processing software work well.  These styles are straighter and aid readability and comprehension.

Flip Chart 101 - 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

3) Always leave two- to three-inch margins on each side of the paper to avoid crowding information.

Flip Chart 101 - 4 Tips for Writing on Flip Chart Pages

4) Avoid using the bottom one-third of the page if you are on the same height level as participants. Otherwise, they may either be forced to stand or strain to look around people in front of them or may not be able to see the flip chart at all.

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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Use Formatting Consistency When Writing on A Flip Chart

Use Formatting Consistency When Writing on A Flip Chart

When facilitating train-the-trainer programs, I stress the need for consistency to my attendees.  Your ability to create a “look” and carry it throughout your adult learning training programs is important to your success and what your participants will learn.

Use Formatting Consistency When Writing on A Flip Chart
Use Formatting Consistency When Writing on A Flip Chart

To ensure that your letters look the same throughout your presentation, use the same style, size, and angle for your letters. Maintaining the same amount of distance between letters and lines as you write is important and can greatly aid appearance and readability.

Additionally, as you progress through a series of pages related to the same topic and theme, repeat the color patterns and bullets that you choose before you begin. For example, if you use stars on page one along with black ink for the first, third, and fifth lines, and blue for lines two, four, and six, use the same pattern on page two. This helps you and your participants follow the theme and when referring back to pages posted on the wall, they can quickly figure out what relates.

Like any other aspect of presenting your message well to adult learners, the key to effective writing consistently on flip charts is PRACTICE!

For hundreds of different additional flip chart ideas and strategies, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators , and The Creative Training Idea Book: Inspired Tips and Techniques for Engaging and Effective Learning.