Flip Chart 101 – Create a Trainers Toolbox

Flip Chart 101 – Create a Trainers Toolbox

Relying on others to provide the right supplies or equipment for a training session can potentially end in an embarrassing and frustrating experience for you and your participants. It can also create challenges in your program delivery if they fail to follow through and bring the promised materials.

Part of being a successful trainer or facilitator is to project a positive, professional image. Something as simple as forgetting to bring a planned tool needed for a session can send a potentially negative message to your participants. For example, if you were planning small group activities where learners were to capture ideas on a flip chart page and you forgot to bring markers, that could necessitate a last-minute change to your program format.

Flip Chart 101 – Create a Trainers Toolbox by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Brain-Based Adult Training Author

To avoid such instances, assemble a “toolbox” of items and accessories normally used in training and carry it with you whenever you are going to facilitate a session.

Flip Chart 101 - Create a Trainers Toolbox

Get started by visiting an office supply, kitchen, or department store or Website that sells plastic pencil boxes. Select one that has a lid (preferably attached) and is large enough to hold at least the items listed below:

  • Twelve-inch ruler.
  • An assortment of water-based, colored markers (black, red, dark blue, dark green, brown, yellow, orange, pink).
  • Roll of masking tape (1 inch).
  • Small stapler.
  • Box of stick or straight pins (you can also store these in a small medicine bottle).
  • Small scissors.
  • Artists’ Exacto knife or a box cutter (with single edge razor).
  • Post It flip chart tabs to mark pages for easy location.
  • Pencil.
  • Art gum eraser (used by graphic designers/artists because it doesn’t discolor or tear flip chart paper).
  • Transparent (invisible) wrapping tape for repairing torn pages.

For additional creative training ideas using pertaining to flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.

Brain-Based Learning Strategies

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Robert (Bob) W. Lucas, Author, Facilitator, and Performance consultant

Brain-Based Learning Strategies

In 2013 in June, Robert (Bob) W. Lucas hosted two events for the Metro DC ASTD Chapter in Washington, DC (Tapping the Brain for Learning and Brain-Based Learning Strategies).

The sessions focused on how the brain learns and some of the research that has been done related to applying color, sound, motion, novelty, learner engagement and other strategies to enhance learning environments and potentially increase opportunities for learners to gain, retain, recall and use what they learn.

On the 26th, he provided insights at the chapter’s dinner meeting in a session titled: Tapping the Brain for Learning.  This session explored many ideas, brain-based concepts, and techniques that can be used to enhance virtually any training program or presentation topic.

At the end of the session, and when applying concepts learned, participants were able to:

a.  Facilitate creative training programs and presentations that can help induce behavior change and are FUN.

b.  Identify, make, or obtain inexpensive materials that add spark to training programs and presentations.

c.  Increase interaction with participants.

d.  Review program concepts throughout your sessions in order to get an interim check of learning before the program ends.

e.  Create memorable techniques for adding excitement and sizzle to programs so that participants keep coming back.

Brain-Based Learning Strategies Training – Past Success by Robert W. Lucas

On June 27th, Bob facilitated a one-day workshop titled: Strategies to Make Your Learning Events Sizzle. In this event, participants experienced dozens of creative training techniques based on brain research related to how the brain best learns and retains information. These strategies presented that day were meant to be immediately applied in their own learning events. They covered many training workshop essentials for typing in research to learning.

Bob went on to expand upon some of the ideas addressed in the previous night’s program. Therefore, the additional information through a variety of experiential opportunities in which participants hear about a concept, see it demonstrated and then have an opportunity to try or discuss it. They did also discuss how they might use the strategies to strengthen their own learning events.

At the end of the program, participants were able to:

  • Create training environments that stimulate learning.
  • Incorporate the latest learning brain research into their training design and delivery.
  • Design learning events that result in higher levels of attention and retention.
  • Use techniques and strategies experienced in their own learning events.
  • Add pizzazz and novelty to their learning events.
  • Immediately apply what they learned.

Tapping the Brain for Learning Video Added to YouTube

Bob Lucas
Robert (Bob) W. Lucas, Author, Training and Performance Consultant and Brain-Based Learning Facilitator

Tapping the Brain for Learning Video Added to YouTube

A three-part video that shares a presentation titled Tapping the Brain for Learning by internationally-known author and learning and performance consultant, Robert (Bob) W. Lucas, has been added to YouTube.

Tapping the Brain for Learning Video Added to YouTube by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

In it, Bob addresses topics covered in many of his books on how brain research related to learning can be applied in any adult classroom or training environment energize learners to enhance learning outcomes. To view these three video segments, click this link: Robert (Bob) W. Lucas on YouTube.

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.