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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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.

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.

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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.

Flip Chart Usage Basics – Three Planning Tips

Flip Chart Usage Basics – Three Planning Tips

Flipcharts have been a standard in adult learning classrooms for decades. They provide an inexpensive and efficient means of gathering and posting information to make ideas and concepts useful for visual learners. To avoid a potential hit to your reputation and credibility, always use a checklist and consider what flip chart content you will need to accomplish your learning objectives. This means preparing your flip charts in advance and being ready to use blank pages to capture ideas as the session proceeds. By applying the following flip chart usage basics when planning your session, you can better ensure a more positive outcome.

Flip Chart Usage Basics – Three Planning Tips by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

Flip Chart Usage Basics - Three Planning Tips

1. Gather and organize all materials you will need before the participants arrive. Make sure that you bring a facilitators Tool Kit with you that contains commonly needed items, such as tape, markers, stapler and staples, a ruler, and other things you normally use.

2. Always ensure you have an extra pad of paper available. Before starting a session, make sure that you have several backup flip chart paper pads on hand. This is especially true if you are facilitating a brainstorming, strategic planning, or another meeting where you anticipate gathering a lot of ideas.

3. Ensure that you have a room large enough to post completed flipchart pages. Also, ensure that posting pages to the walls is okay. Some hotel and facility managers will not allow you to adhere to pages on walls out of fear of damaging the surfaces. This paranoia usually results from some careless predecessor of yours who did not use the right type of tape or acted unprofessionally. To prevent damage use a good quality of the blue “painters” tape available in most hardware and home and office products stores.

Like any other aspect of training and education, it is the little things that often mean success or failure. Take the time to plan ahead and you will likely be viewed as more professional in the classroom.

For more ideas on effectively designing, using, storing, and transporting flip charts, 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?

Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing Flip Chart Pages

Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing Flip Chart Pages

If you have ever struggled to tear a sheet of flip chart paper from a pad on an easel during a training session, you know it is sometimes not an easy task. When you struggle, it is often the result of poor product design. Some manufacturers do not perforate the tops of the sheets for easy removal. Most often, this occurs on less expensive products with the thinner paper quality. Such designs can make it almost impossible to get the paper to begin separating from the binding glue or to pull away evenly and in a straight tear line.

Creative Strategy for Evenly Tearing Flip Chart Pages

Evenly Tearing Flip Chart Pages by The Creative Trainer

When the flip chart paper pad you purchase is not perforated (small cuts along the top edge), use a craft knife or single-edged razor blade to cut 1-inch-long slits about an inch apart across the top of each page. You can do this by placing the pad on a solid surface and carefully pressing firmly into the paper in a straight line all along the top edge of the pad.  In this manner, you can perforate several pages at a time. Depending on whether you are left or right-handed, be sure the first slit overlaps the edge where you will start to tear. This will allow you can to evenly start a tear when ready to remove a sheet of paper.

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Robert W. ‘Bob’ Lucas – Understand Why He is an Authority in the Creative Training Skills Industry

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 Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts

Transporting flip charts can be a problem, especially if they are attached to a flip chart easel. To ensure that the masterpieces you have created for your learning are not damaged when transporting them to class, either tie a piece of string or wrap a large rubber band or thin elastic bungee cord around the bottom of the pad and easel. This will help prevent damage from the wind. Turn the pad over so that the cardboard backing faces out for additional protection against tearing.

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip ChartsFor additional creative ideas on designing, developing, using, transporting, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Gide for Presenters, Trainers ad 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.