What is a Flip Chart?
A flip chart is poster-sized paper that can be prepared in advance and hung on the wall around a training room or posted on an easel and used in the moment to highlight or emphasize key learning points.
Other Common Names for Flip Charts
You wouldn’t really call a flip chart by one of these names, but they are all in the same category of tools you can use to write on in front of a group.
- White board
- Chalk board
What to look for when Buying a Flip Chart
- Quality paper that is less likely to bleed through (paired with high quality markers like Mr. Sketch)
- Perforated edges so you can easily move individual pieces of flip chart paper to a wall or window
- Nice sticky edge that will stay on the wall
- Optional: If you don’t have a flip chart stand or need a tablet for each table, consider the type that stand on their own.
Key Properties of a Good Flipchart
- Pad of oversized paper
- Flexibility allows for sheets to remain on the easel, be torn off and used by individuals or groups
- A high quality sticky backing allows a flipchart to be posted on the wall of a training room
Flip chart samples and advice for great training sessions
Substitute a Flip Chart for these Overused elements
Audience ResponseIf you want to know how your participants feel about something, how much they know about something, or if you simply want them to cast a vote during your session, then giving them small, round voting dot stickers and asking them to place them on a flipchart can be a quick, analogue alternative to audience response software.
Microsoft PowerPointI’ve delivered multi-day train-the-trainer and presentation skills courses without the use of a single PowerPoint slide to illustrate that you don’t need to use PowerPoint to have an effective, engaging session. While you don’t need to take things to my extreme on a regular basis, being able to add a visual element using flipcharts in the front of the room or posted around the room can keep key concepts in front of your learners for the duration of your training session.
Flip chart advice that brian would prefer to write on a flip chart
Elements closely related to flip charts
Any time you generate a training session using Soapbox, you’ll want to have a tablet of flipchart paper available. Soapbox takes some basic information about your presentation and quickly generates activities designed to engage your audience, such as small group discussions or group brainstorming. Other Soapbox-generated activities, such as the gallery walk or a poster session, will ask that the trainer or the participants generate content on a flipchart page and post it on the wall. Then everyone will be asked to file past the series of exhibits or posters around the room, noting key concepts or content.