Train the Trainer Tips – Illustrating a Flipchart with Graphics
Effective facilitation skills are crucial for you to be an effective trainer or educator. One basic skill needed is knowing how to creatively share information with your adult learners so that you tap into their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles.
Flip charts have been around for decades and continue to serve as an effective and proven low-tech visual aid. To use them to their best advantage, plan to add graphic images related to your written message in order to interest and supplement the concepts being presented.
Illustrating a Flipchart with Graphics
When choosing your graphic images, there are four factors to consider:
- Use bold, broad-lined pictures that can be seen from a distance of at least 30 feet. Also, avoid detailed, intricately-lined objects that may blur at a distance — simple is better. Line art is usually the safest approach unless you are giving participants a handout of your charts. Learning to draw simple characters and items is not that difficult.
- Choose the images objectively and wisely. Remember, not every picture evokes the same thoughts or feelings for all viewers, especially in a session with diverse attendees. Choose more generic graphics that tend to have the same meaning to virtually all viewers. Avoid controversial social, religious, culturally-oriented, or political images that may cause contentious feelings or misinterpretation.
- Be creative and humorous, and utilize your imagination to develop program-related images that add a dash of flair; Even so, keep in mind that some words and images evoke different meanings in different cultures or for varied people, so consider that fact when deciding what to use as an illustration.
- Select images that complement your written text or add value to the page. Do not make the mistake of using an image just to fill the page.
For more ideas and strategies for using flip charts and delivering information in a creative manner, get copies 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.