Three Reasons to Limit Information on a Flip Chart

Three Reasons to Limit Information on a Flip Chart

There are three primary adult learning styles or modalities: Visual learner, kinesthetic learner, and auditory learner. Flip charts typically aid the visual learners most, since they better gain, retain, recall, and use information when they see it.

Related to the visual learning style when working with adult learners, there are three good reasons for limiting the amount of information you put on each line and page of a flipchart:

  1. Aesthetically it looks better since you eliminate unnecessary detail and clutter.
  2. It aids the reader’s flow across the page since they do not have to read as many words and can now focus their attention on what you are saying.
  3. Most importantly, research shows that the human brain can effectively retain seven units or chunks of information (plus or minus two).

Like any rule, there are exceptions. For example, when you are writing a long list of items, numbers, or capturing ideas presented from participants, and it is obvious that you will run on to a subsequent page.

Three Reasons to Limit Information on a Flip Chart by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author, and Blogger

In such instances, you might continue the column to the bottom of the page, tear off the sheet and have someone tape it high enough on the wall where you can add a second continuation page. You can then continue to the next page and post it below the first when finished.

For hundreds of creative training ideas and techniques for effectively creating, using, transporting, and storing flip charts in adult learning environments, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators. 

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