Seven Keys to Using Flip Charts Well

One way to add impact to your next presentation is to dump PowerPoint and use a Flip-Chart. Flip-Charts allow for spontaneity, letting you to draw pictures that illustrate ideas on the fly.  They also require that you simplify your ideas, which is always a good thing in a presentation.


A great example of how to use a flip-chart is actually the UPS Whiteboard Guy, the star of those cool UPS Whiteboard advertisements.  While UPS Whiteboard Guy uses a whiteboard and not a flip-chart, it’s the same idea.  He starts with a few drawings and then fills in the rest of the diagram as he tells a story.  The effect is to keep the audience engaged as they follow the visual story. That’s exactly what the best flip-charters do.


Seven Keys to Using Flip-Charts Well


  1. Create your flip-charts in advance.  Don’t expect to be able to write cleanly and clearly on the spot.
  2. If you use drawings, do the drawings up to a point. Draw the rest of the charts in light pencil so that you can use the lines as a guide when you’re live.
  3. Leave blank pages between prepared sheets. This allows you to add ideas as you go. Similarly, leave room for more ideas at the bottom of each page.
  4. Have a conclusion page to summarize ideas.
  5. Write big. Letters and numbers should be at least three inches high.
  6. Hand out a summary of all notes made on flip-charts.
  7. Practice your presentation using your flip-charts. 
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