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?

Flip Chart Use – 4 Creative Tips for Trainers, Presenters, and Educators

Flip Chart Use – 4 Creative Tips for Trainers, Presenters, and Educators

Flip charts have been a highly visible, value-demonstrated visual aid for presenting information in training sessions, businesses, social organizations, schools, and religious institutions for decades. Facilitators, educators, managers, trainers, and others involved in gathering and delivering information in group settings have come to rely on the flip chart as a low-tech reliable tool. It is inexpensive and highly versatile in its usage. Creative Tips for Trainers blog article should help you a lot.

Here are four simple strategies for increasing your effectiveness when using flip charts:

1) To draw large even circles on your flip chart pages when you do not have a protractor handy — modify a standard wooden ruler or yard/meter stick.

Simply drill small holes at incremental points (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 inches or centimeters) in your ruler or yard/meter stick and then place it over your paper.

Next, insert a stick pin, like the ones used to secure the paper to bulletin or cork boards, through the first hole in the ruler or yard/meter stick to secure it to the point you wish to be the center of your circle.

Finally, place the sharp point of a pencil through the hole at the size of the circle you desire (i.e. six inches/centimeters) and rotate the ruler or yardstick around in a fluid motion to draw your circle.

Flip Chart Use – 3 Creative Ways To Attach Flip Chart Pages to Your Walls

2) To reduce wear and damage to your pre-drawn flip charts page try permanently mounting a three-inch strip of masking or painters tape (two-inches in length) horizontally on the back of each page in all four corners.

You can then put a rolled piece of tape on top of each of these whenever you need to use the page and tape it to the wall.

This decreases the chance of ripping a page by removing tape directly from the back after using it.

Flip CHart Use - 4 Creative Tips for Trainers, Presenters and Educators

3) In a training or brainstorming session when someone offers an issue, idea, expectation, concern or whatever that is not part of the planned agenda, create a flip chart entitled Important Issues on the spot.

Tell learners the person offering the information that while their item is important and of concern, it is crucial to get through the planned agenda before addressing extra issues. Also, explain that if time permits at the end of the session you will revisit items on the sheet. If that is not possible, tell them you will either meet privately or schedule another meeting to address the items, as appropriate.

This approach recognizes the importance of identifying and capturing issues of interest to participants without sacrificing valuable program time or getting off track.

Flip Chart Use - 4 Creative Tips for Trainers, Presenters and Educators

4) Use pertinent photos, drawings, or cartoons of people to your flip chart pages in order to support or complement the text on the sheet. Select images that tie into the theme or topic of your session or meeting.

When positioning your images, position them so that the person is facing or looking toward the text. This subtle technique is more visually appealing since the figure seems to be looking at what you wrote.

For additional creative ideas for designing, preparing, using, transporting, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Meeting Facilitators.