Are you ignoring these tips on flipcharts?

When using a flip chart:

You think about what to say?
You think about what to write?

Do you know that generally you'll find yourself to do the both at the same time?

It's well-known that the flipchart is a great support for trainers and coaches.
But only if it's used in the proper way.

Yet, many experts avoid to use flipcharts so much as they could because of 3 reasons:

  • They've problems to remember what to write.
  • They lack confidence in their own writing abilities.
  • They fear to be sidetracked in the key moment of their performance.
Here are 6 suggestions that will help you to overcome some difficulties when you'll write on a board.
  1. At the bottom corner of each sheet put a tiny piece of transparent adhesive tape.
    This will create a grip which will allow you to flip the sheet without pinchig other pages together.

  2. In the pages where you've noted down the key points of your speech, leave between each one a lot of space.
    While you go on with your lesson you'll have the chance to write the interventions of the public.

  3. Do not write, print! 
    Write every single letter in a clear  and a defined way.
    The trick is: lift the marker from the sheet every time you draw.
    If you write Z you have to trace 3 times.
    If it's E, trace for 4 times.

  4. Write large and in block letters: never use the italic font which distracts the audience.

  5. Use dark markers: black, blue, red and dark green.
    Dedicate a different color from the one you're using for the comments you'll get from the audience.

  6. If you use also PowerPoint in your presentation, remember to darken it when you work at the flipchart.
    The slides risk to distract your audience from the flipchart.

Great job, to your success!

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