Three Tips for Writing Effectively on Flip Charts
Some trainers and educators struggle when writing on flip chart paper mounted on an easel. With a bit of planning and practice, most people can quickly master this classic visual aid for gathering and presenting information to a group.
Three Tips for Writing Effectively on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Training Author
The following are three tips that can help you become master flip chart use in no time.
- Choose your words carefully. Limit the use of jargon, which may not be familiar to all participants, and when using acronyms and abbreviations, be sure to fully explain any unfamiliar terms applied.
- Always write across the pages in a level horizontal line. If you tend to have difficulty with this, consider buying flipchart paper with lines or grids on them or drawing faint lines on the pages with a ruler and pencil at three to five-inch intervals.
- Ensure that your lettering is large enough to be read. One and one-half to two-inch letters are usually visible for most people. A rule of thumb is that by increasing the height of your lettering size 1/4 inch, you will be increasing visibility by approximately 8-10 feet. See the following chart to get an idea of how this can increase visibility for attendees.
Added Height of Lettering
¼” ½” ¾” 1” 1 ¼” 1 ½”
Viewing Distance in Feet
8-10ft 16-20ft 24-30ft 32-40ft 40-50ft 48-60ft
Flip charts continue to be a viable low-tech form of visual aid for gathering and presenting information in virtually any group setting if they are used effectively. Like any tool, you should become proficient in its use before participants arrive in your sessions.