Creatively Using Images on Flip Charts

Creatively Using Images on Flip Charts

People have preferences in the way they gain and process information. This is known as learning modalities or styles (e.g. visual, auditory, and kinesthetic). You can capitalize on their needs and expectations by including visual images on your flip charts and other visual aids in the classroom. This is especially important since various studies indicate that the majority of a given population prefers the visual modality. Thus, if you place images such as clip art, photos, graphics, or drawings on your flip charts, you can potentially better attract learner attention and help them better comprehend your written and spoken messages.

Creatively Using Images on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

Like all other aspects of your training program design, images, and everything else you use should be directly related to session content and help facilitate the accomplishment of the stated learning objectives for the event. Otherwise, you waste time and potentially distract learners from the key concepts of the session.

When using an image on your flip chart pages, consider that the further an image (or word) appears from the center of your page, the more it seems to draw attention in that direction.  For that reason, there are two common design formats to consider when displaying your material on a page — formal and informal balance.

Formal Balance

Creatively Using Images on Flip Charts

Formal balance means that items are equally matched or displayed in a symmetrical pattern so that the participant’s attention is not pulled in one direction or the other.

Informal Balance

Creatively Using Images on Flip Charts

On the other hand, an informal balance shows objects that are asymmetrical or includes objects that are not equal in size, shape or pattern. This technique attracts attention to one area or another and can add contrast.

Care must be given not to distract from your intended objective when using this method. This can occur when the informal balance is too extreme.

To get the feel of formal and informal balance and what the concepts look like on your flipchart, draw and cut out a variety of images and shapes that you may want to continually use in the future (e.g. smiley faces, boxes, rectangles, simple people figures, or whatever). Spray them with repositionable artist’s adhesive and then practice placing them at various locations on your page. Next, try adding some lettering and move your images around.

For more creative ideas for 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.

Flip Chart 101 – Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

Flip Chart 101 – Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

There are many creative ways for trainers, facilitators, presenters, educators, and meeting leaders to enhance what they put onto flip chart paper. However, before getting too fancy you should master some flipchart basics when creating and effectively using a flip chart and flip chart easel. Call this Flip Chart 101 – Basic strategies for effectively using flip charts – positioning your easel.

Effectively Using Flip Charts – Positioning Your Easel

Here are two tips for effectively using your flip charts to convey messages to learners, audience members, or meeting attendees:

Position the Easel in the Correct Location. Lighting affects the visibility of what you write on your flip chart paper.  To ensure that everyone in the room can view your message, think about where you place your easel. Overhead lighting should highlight your page, not cast shadows. This means that your light should shine directly in front of the easel and not come from behind it.

Flip Chart 101 - Basic Strategies for Effectively Using Flip Charts - Positioning Your Easel

 Stand on the Correct Side of the Easel.  If you have ever waited impatiently for someone who is writing on a flip chart page to move aside, so that you could read what they wrote and take notes, you understand the importance of positioning yourself correctly.

If you are right-handed, stand to the left of your easel and extend your arm across the page so that you do not block your participant’s view. If you are left-handed, stand to the right of your easel.

Like anything else in a learning or meeting environment, you increase your effectiveness as a trainer, facilitator, educator, or meeting leader if you use sound facilitation or presentation skills.

For more ideas on effectively making, 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.

YOUR THOUGHTS? – Please share any tips for effectively using flip charts in adult learning environments?