Effective Presentations: Using flipcharts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using flipcharts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using flipcharts effectively

Depending on your type of presentation, sometimes a flip chart is easier and more effective for the group, as they give you the opportunity to post notes around the room for later reference, tear off pages for group work etc, but so often the presenter botches the use of the flip chart. It’s a few pieces of paper on a board – how is it so hard? Well, here are some tips to make sure you use those few sheets of paper to their full potential.

Using Flipcharts effectively

1.  Pencil your notes lightly, this helps you remember key points and can’t be seen from a distance.
2.  Write on flip charts

  • To show order of importance
  • To show chronological order
  • Bold colours (red, blue, green, black)
  • Using five centimetre letters minimum
  • Use a border for impact

3.  Best used with smaller groups.  Ensure writing can be read from the back of the room.
4.  Stand to the side of the flipchart so it is always visible to your audience and so you are always facing them when speaking.
5.  Turn pages smoothly with minimum distraction.
6.  Have the stand high enough for everyone to see.
7.  Don’t reveal a chart until you are ready for it.  This, and showing a visual after the fact, gives the impression of poor organisation.  And never remain silent while you present a flipchart.
8.  Most of the hints on flipchart usage also apply to whiteboards – stand to the side when using it; write clearly and quickly; use visuals; talk to the audience, not the board, and don’t clutter the board with masses of fine print.