Overview – Flipchart presentations

Flipchart presentations – a flipchart is a pad of large paper sheets fixed at the upper edge of a support board that stands on a tripod. The text is usually hand written with marker pens and may include figures or charts. When completed, the sheet is flipped over by the presenter to continue on a new page.

Flipcharts are inexpensive, portable, require no power or technology, and are a highly visible way of presenting information that can be readily saved. The content can be prepared beforehand and either written on the flipchart before the presentation or used as reference notes during the presentation. Flipcharts are an alternative to PowerPoint presentations when the presenter is seeking input from the audience to expand on the ideas being presented. The flipchart format makes the presenter’s ideas appear more open to consultation and discussion.

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Providing a visual presentation.
Eliciting input and feedback from the audience.
Using creative techniques to minimise information overload.
Providing visual summaries of meeting objectives, discussions and outcomes to enhance understanding.

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Determine what you want to achieve as a result of using a flipchart for a presentation. Is the purpose of promoting employee understanding and/or foster engagement through their involvement?
Construct your presentation with that end in mind.
Think of innovative ways to use the flipchart tactic to persuade and influence your audience.
Draw images on the flipchart as well as writing key words to communicate your key points.
Write notes for yourself on the flipchart in light pencil.
Tab pages you may refer to often with sticky notes.
Use brightly coloured markers.
Alternate the colours you select and use only a couple of colours per page.
Yellow is difficult to read so use only as a highlighter.
Limit lines of text to no more than eight per page.
Use a fresh page for each new aspect of the topic.

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Avoid speaking to the audience while writing on the flip chart with your back to them. This may make it difficult for the audience to hear you and to focus on what you’re saying. Writing on the flipchart without speaking gives the audience an opportunity to review and consider what you’ve just said.
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