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

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

In an era where technology dominates many learning environments, flip charts can still be a powerful communication tool for sharing and gathering information.  The key to maximizing their benefit is to develop the sound design and delivery strategies and practice using the flip charts.

Here are 3 creative ways to attach flip charts pages to walls that can help make sharing information with flip charts more effective.

1) Mount a long strip of double-sided tape approximately seven feet from the floor along the wall. You can then add or remove pages to the wall as needed.

Flip Chart Use - 3 Creative Ways to Attach Flip Chart Pages to Your Walls

2) An easy way to attach paper around the perimeter of any room is to install a thin wooden strip with corkboard (similar to that found on bulletin boards) at a height of approximately seven feet. You can then use bulletin board stick pins or thumbtacks to attach your pages. These strips are usually available in office, art, and school supply stores where presentation materials are sold.

3) To protect flip chart pages that you have designed and plan to use in subsequent sessions, take them to an office supply store (e.g. Staples, Office Depot or Office Max) and have their print shop folks laminate the pages.

Once laminated, purchase a roll of Velcro and cut the “male” portion of the product (the part that has dozens of small barb devices that adhere to rough cloth surfaces) into small strips. Glue strips of the Velcro horizontally in the corners and in the top center on the back of the laminated page.

Attach your laminated sheets to the cloth walls of conference rooms, classrooms, or office cubicles. You can also drape a large piece of rough cloth (e.g. flannel) over a flip chart easel and attach the sheets there.

Flip Chart Use – 3 Creative Ways To Attach Flip Chart Pages to Your Walls by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

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

Flip Chart 101 – Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Flip Chart 101 – Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Rather than displaying prepared flipcharts before you are ready to discuss them, try using the “revelation” technique. As when showing one line of PowerPoint text at a time, you can use a similar technique with flip charts.

Flip Chart 101 - Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

Using the Revelation Technique with Flip Charts

To use the revelation technique, form a small circle of masking tape and attach it to the bottom corners of the page you are displaying — so that the sticky part faces out away from the wall or easel.  Next, bring the taped area up and attach it just below the title line of your page so that the rest of the text remains covered. Thus, you are using the bottom portion of the page as its own cover.

As you are ready to discuss a point, move the taped edge down to display the next line.

For additional ideas on how to effectively design, develop, use, transport, and store flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.

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11 Common Flipchart Uses

11 Common Flipchart Uses

11 Common Flipchart Uses

Flipcharts have been around so long as visual aids for learning that a lot of trainers and adult educators often overlook them as a vehicle for information exchange in learning events. In many instances, they defer to more modern electronic technology for presenting and collecting information.

My personal opinion is that when trainers and facilitators or instructors drop flipcharts from their training aids arsenal, they are making a big mistake. That is because of flip charts as inexpensive, easy-to-use, portable, and require no electricity or add-ons (e.g. screens, laptops, and other presentation aids).

11 Common Flipchart Uses by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger for the Training Industry

In general, flip charts can be used to collect and deliver information successfully because of they:

  1. Support or reinforce the spoken word from instructors, team leaders, facilitators, and others;
  2. Provide a surface where color can be utilized as the user speaks;
  3. Direct participant attention to a specific point;
  4. Serve as a quick review reference that takes revisiting a concept by merely pointing or turning a page;
  5. Allow the addition of images, charts, and other materials to reinforce words on the page, as needed;
  6. Aids comprehension, especially for visual learners;
  7. Communicate new concepts or ideas;
  8. Collect key ideas and concepts offered by individuals and groups;
  9. Help gain consensus by presenting lists that can be easily added too and voted upon in a session;
  10. Engage people in the learning process by allowing them to actively collect and use the information on pages they prepare. Note: This taps into the Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory and brain-based learning concepts related to active learner involvement in order to help learners gain, retain, recall and use what they experience;
  11. Give a large, repositionable, standard writing surface (27 inches X 36 inches) that can be used to display information.

If you liked this, you may benefit from thousands of creative ideas for making, using, transporting, and storing flip charts outlined in The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.

Clarifying Complex Concepts and Processes on Flip Charts

Clarifying Complex Concepts and Processes on Flip Charts

To communicate complex processes or concepts, you may want to use charts or graphs.  Examples of appropriate themes for this approach are when you are dealing with percentages, time, frequency, or relationships between items.

Clarifying Complex Concepts and Processes on Flip ChartsBy making the message visual with images, you can save time repeating information and aid your visual learners. This ties into what researchers know about how the brain best processes and retains information and ultimately is able to recall and use it. It also relates to one of the three learning modalities — visual.

For more creative and practical ideas for using flip charts effectively, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.  

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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.

Creative Flip Chart Tip – Alternative to Post-It Flip Chart Pads

Creative Flip Chart Tip – Alternative to Post-It Flip Chart Pads

Some trainers, facilitators, and educators like using the Post-It flip chart pads with the adhesive strip along the top of pages. These allow you to adhere to pages to a wall without using painters or masking tape. I personally do not like this type of paper since the glue makes it difficult to roll evenly and store, then reuse pre-draw pages that you want to take along to the next session. This type of paper also makes it difficult to flip a page over the top of the easel once you finish writing on it and want to go to another page.

Creative Flip Chart Tip

If you do not plan to re-use your pages after a session, there is a cheaper alternative to these more expensive pads with the glue strip. Buy a standard flip chart pad and a can of repositionable artists adhesive spray.  Before participants arrive, tear off a sheet of paper from the pad and spray the back with the adhesive. Adhere the page to the back of a metal flip chart easel or the pad of paper on an easel. After you have written what you want on it, remove and adhere the page to the wall or other surface.

Always test the spray adhesive on paper that you place on an obscure area of the wall to ensure no damage results – some fabric wall surfaces might discolor (especially if you buy a cheaper brand of spray). Additionally, the spray usually has a strong odor. Always follow instructions on the package and use it in a ventilated area. Also, keep in mind some participants might have allergies or respiratory conditions, so use it before they arrive in a well-ventilated area.

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

Two Keys to Flip Chart Success

Two Keys to Flip Chart Success

Two Keys to Flip Chart Success

I have found two things, in particular, to be very helpful in presenting a professional image as a trainer and making presentations with flip charts easier.

Two Keys to Flip Chart Success by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

And these are things most of us were taught as children:

The first — gather and organize all your toys.

Translated, this means to ensure you have the materials and information you will need for the session before participants arrive. I cover the concept of a trainer’s toolbox in another article, but in brief…think about what you will need to communicate your message effectively and arrange to have it for the session or meeting. This includes handouts, additional audiovisual equipment, accessories, markers, rulers, posters, or whatever else will use to help participants understand concepts that you are trying to share with them.

The second thing I believe is crucial — if you are going to play with the toys… read the instructions first.

Effectively training adults and presenting information using a flip chart are relatively simple tasks, if you take the time to prepare in advance. They can be done well or poorly, depending on the degree of effort that you exert. Spend some time to learn the “rules of the game” and practice your skills. You’ll be surprised at how a little investment of time upfront can pay satisfying dividends during your next learning event.

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer

Flip charts are incredibly handy for posting content and graphics to make information and data available in classrooms and meetings. You can share and gather ideas, comments, and other important content as needed by simply having a flip chart pad, easel, and markers available during a presentation, training session or group meeting.

To ensure that you maximize the benefits of flip charts without wasting time or money, consider these two simple tips:

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts

Always use water-based markers specifically designed for flip charts since the ink in them is less likely to “bleed” or soak through the paper and ruin the next sheet of paper. This is especially important if you are preparing charts in advance. Since the flip chart paper is expensive, you likely do not want to waste every other sheet because of ink spots coming through a page.

To prevent ink bleed through your flip chart paper, either put a second sheet of paper underneath the one you plan to write on (especially if you have a sheet posted on a wall that you plan to write on) or tear off a sheet that you are preparing, flip the pad over and use the cardboard backing as a writing surface to absorb any leakage.

Avoid Problems When Writing on Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Training Industry Expert

For additional ideas on effectively 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.

Using Flip Charts Like a Pro

Using Flip Charts Like a Pro

Here are three techniques that will add to your confidence level in using flip charts before any group:

Using Flip Charts Like a Pro1.   Prepare flip charts in advance and take time to design your pages on a paper pad or piece of copy paper before transferring them to sheets of flip chart paper. This will help you picture how they will look and will save you a lot of money in wasted flip chart paper…which is not cheap.

2.  When you start transferring your designs to flip chart paper, use a yardstick or straight edge to get the lines of text straight if you are not investing in the more expensive lined or graph type flip chart pads.

3.  Use three different colored water-based markers for your font to add visual variety and tie to brain-based learning research. Some research suggests that color in the learning environment stimulates brain neurons and can aid learning.

Using Flip Charts Like a Pro by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Adult Learning Blogger

Stick to darker colors (black, brown, dark blue, and dark green) since these are more easily visible from a distance. Only use lighter pastel colors to highlight and add colorful graphics to enhance your text. Create all your header or title lines in one color and alternate sequentially with two other colors (e.g. blue, green, blue, green, etc) for lines of text.

BONUS TIP: Use the same colors for titles and text throughout all your pages during a session. This potentially helps learners mentally “tune in” and know what to expect. Otherwise, they may have to mentally pause and scan a subsequent page when it first appears in order to focus attention instead of listening to your initial comments about the page topic.

For additional ideas, techniques, and strategies for designing creative flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

The beauty of flip charts as a training aid is that with a bit of planning and practice most people can deliver and record information like a professional with them.

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Creative Training Author

Here are three flip chart tips that will help you in your quest to look like a flip chart expert:

Preparing for Effective Flip Charts Use

1.  Create a colorful cover sheet that introduces your topic and have it showing as participants walk into the room.

2.  Place 2-3 inch strips of masking tape along the edge of your flip chart easel before learners arrive so that it is ready when you are to post pages on the wall with minimum effort and lost time.

3.  Put tabs made of 1-2 inch masking tape (this works better than the blue or green painters tape for visibility) or sticky note paper strips on each page and write the flip chart page topics on them. This allows you to quickly identify content on-page that you want to flip to during your session.

BONUS TIP: When using tip number 3, print the content topic on both the front and back of each tab so that you can read them whether the page has been turned or not.

Flip Charts Are STILL Valuable Training Aids

Flip Charts Are STILL Valuable Training Aids

Flip Charts Are STILL Valuable Training Aids

Flip charts have been around for decades as a staple visual aid for educators, trainers, and presenters. Team leaders and supervisors also use them to facilitate the exchange of ideas and make key points visible for smaller rooms and groups.

Flip Charts Are STILL Valuable Training Aids by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

While many new technologies purport to be “better” than flip charts. However, none can match the simplicity, flexibility, and ease of transport for their size. They are excellent support visuals in instances where you want to share key points or to quickly capture ideas, comments, and other information from participants or meeting attendees. There are even devices available where you can capture images of your pages and transfer those to computers and other storage devices.

Like any other training aid tool used in the classroom, make sure that you plan its usage and think about where and how you will effectively employ it. While it looks simple, turning pages, writing on it, and otherwise using it as your facilitate takes a bit of practice so that you appear polished and professional.

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.