Flip charts and whiteboards are very useful tools when you are giving a presentation to a small or medium-sized audience. They enable you to be more interactive with your audience and reduce the pre-canned effect PowerPoint can sometimes induce.
Here are 10 top tips on using flipcharts:
- Make sure all the pens have ink in them and write properly before your audience arrive.
- If you have pre-created some sheets, keep them covered with a blank sheet until you are ready to use them.
- If you are not confident in your artistic abilities, draw what you want in pencil on the sheet(s) beforehand, then during the presentation you can go over the pencil lines with a felt tip. The pencil lines will not be visible to your audience.
- The same works for any text you need to write
- If you have prepared a number of different sheets which you would like to refer to during your presentation, add a little tag on the bottom of each sheet so you can easily flip to the right page.
- For whiteboards make sure you have the correct pens (dry markers) and an eraser before you write anything.
- Don’t talk while you are writing, you are better to turn write what you have to write then turn back to your audience before talking about it.
- Be aware that it is very easy to keep looking at a diagram that you have just drawn while you talk about it. You should look at your audience not the diagram.
- Once you have finished with a sheet on the flipchart and starting to move on to a different subject, cover up the flipchart with a blank sheet.
- To ensure audience interaction, give out paper and pens to everyone in your audience, then ask them to write the 3 most important qualities, aspects,problems,challenges or whatever related to your presentation topic. Then ask people to shout out what they have written and write them up on the flip chart. This is far more effective than just listing the top 3 in your opinion.
Be creative – All the Best