“It’s a visual world and people respond to visuals.“
– Joe Sacco
Information written on flip charts enhances the learning process. During a presentation, the use of flip charts serves to inform participants, record information, and focus attention on a topic. They represent a simple, low-cost learning aid — with no requirements for power or technology, and no worries about burned-out bulbs or darkened rooms. Flip charts add versatility to a presentation, and allow the presenter to use creativity to enhance the learning process.
At a minimum, you will need a flip chart easel, several pads of flip chart paper, a few sets of colored markers, and masking tape for posting the results of exercises. Also handy are several packages of sticky notes to flag specific pages, and a straight edge. You may want to plan to cover up information that you will reveal at a given time during the presentation and then have some pre-cut paper available, sized appropriately for the text.If you are bringing pre-written charts to an off-site presentation, you will also need some type of container to protect the pages.
The Advantages of Pre-Writing
There are many good reasons to pre-write your flip chart content.
Using Colors Appropriately
Good use of color can make the difference in the dynamics of a presentation — and participants’ acceptance of the content. Conversely, the effect of a great chart can suffer from the poor use of color. According to the Optical Society of America, blue, black, and green offer the greatest visibility, and blue is the most pleasing color. Avoid purple, brown, pink, and yellow for any type of general printing.The use of two or three color combinations can be very effective.
Here are several rules.
When creating your charts, take some time to think about the colors you are using, and how they can enhance the understanding of your topic.
Creating a Plan B
Paper is not permanent, even if you are presenting at your own location. And if you’re flying with your materials or shipping them, packages do occasionally get lost or damaged. You will need a backup plan in case something happens.
Below are some tasks for creating your Plan B.