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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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.

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.

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Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts

Transporting flip charts can be a problem, especially if they are attached to a flip chart easel. To ensure that the masterpieces you have created for your learning are not damaged when transporting them to class, either tie a piece of string or wrap a large rubber band or thin elastic bungee cord around the bottom of the pad and easel. This will help prevent damage from the wind. Turn the pad over so that the cardboard backing faces out for additional protection against tearing.

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip Charts by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

Creative Strategy for Transporting Your Flip ChartsFor additional creative ideas on designing, developing, using, transporting, and storing flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Gide for Presenters, Trainers ad 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.

What is a Flip Chart?

What is a Flip Chart?

A flip chart is a stationary training and educational aid used by trainers, educators, presenters, and meeting facilitators to display written messages and visual images to others. They have been in use for over a century in various forms and provide an easily accessible tool for displaying written messages and visual images and capturing ideas on the spot.

What is a Flip Chart

What is a Flip Chart? by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author

Flip charts are typically mounted on floor standing easels or tabletop pads. Pages can be torn from the pads for use in small group activities and posted on room walls for display and reference.

What is a Flip Chart?

What is a Flip Chart

There are many types of flip chart easels available. They range from simple tripod display types to solid-backed or molded body styles. Most are adjustable to some degree and all have advantages and disadvantages affecting their use.

The standard size for flip chart paper designed for use on an easel is approximately 27 X 34 inches and pages can be blank, lined, or squared (grids on it), depending on the needs of the user.

For additional information on and ideas for designing, preparing, using, transporting, and transporting flip charts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive ide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.

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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.

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Flip Chart 101 – Choosing the Correct Flip Chart Marker

Flip Chart 101 – Choosing the Correct Flip Chart Marker

There are generally three types of flip chart markers available that you may encounter in a classroom or meeting environment: (1) Permanent ink (2) Dry Erase and (3) Water-based.

Flip Chart 101 - Choosing the Correct Flip Chart Marker

The following opinions regarding flip chart markers are offered based on my four decades of experience in delivering training and educational programs and facilitating countless meetings.

 Choosing the Correct Flip Chart Marker by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas

Ensure that you purchase and use the correct types of markers for your flip charts. The name of the first type (permanent) should give you a clue that there may a problem with using them for flip charts. The biggest challenges with these markers are that if you get them on clothing, hands, or inadvertently use them on a dry erase whiteboard, they are difficult or impossible to remove. They also “bleed-through” onto subsequent pages, thereby wasting every other page of expensive flip chart paper.

The second type of marker (dry erase) has ink specifically designed for dry erase surfaces and the ink colors are typically not as dark when applied to paper. They also tend to dry out faster, especially if you forget to recap them immediately after use and often have a pungent odor as you write.

The third type of marker (water-based) is the correct type for use on a flip chart page. They come in a variety of brands and colors and can be used to write as well as illustrate your message. Using a variety of colors and adding images to your charts ties to brain research related to the importance of adding color and making ideas visual for learners. This type of marker is also less likely to “bleed through” onto subsequent pages. Some brands (e.g. Mr. Sketch markers) even come in a variety of pleasant scents (e.g. fruit fragrances).

Like anything else in a learning or meeting environment, you increase your effectiveness as a trainer, facilitator, educator, or meeting leader if you use the correct tools.

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.