Tips on How to Prepare and Deliver Your Flipchart Presentation

Flipchart easels can be low in price, very user friendly and an adaptable tool for presentations, meetings, classrooms or focus groups. A flipchart solution including a flipchart easel and pack of five flipchart pads can cost as little as £30 and can be easily set up in no time at all.

Yes it is a simple presenting tool, however this does not make it inferior to more modern methods and offers many benefits and tricks you can use for presenting. This article aims to offer tips to help you prepare and deliver your flipchart presentations.

Presenting Tips Using Flipchart Easels

1. Try to prepare your flipchart ahead of the presentation. Make sure you have completed most of your paper sheets in advance; therefor you can better engage and communicate with your audience instead of having your back turned to them. It is a good idea to leave certain components for either you or your audience to complete – this allows for audience participation.

2. The last page of your presentation should summarise all topics discussed throughout your presentation. This can be a simple list of bullet points that describes crucial areas you have covered and the message you want to convey.

3. Your start page should be clean, simple and deliver the overall subject with a title and your name. This will help communicate the overall message, clarity and not distract the audience from the start.

4. Ensure you keep a few pages blank so you can take notes, useful questions and record audience comments.

5. Similar to above, leave a little space for comments or notes and audience participation.

6. Prepare all your diagrams and pictures in advance in trace pencil so if you need draw them during the presentation, you can simply draw over them with your pen. This way you can precisely finish the diagrams in better time while simultaneously talking to your audience. It is crucial to check your flipchart easels for stability, so practice every instance beforehand.

7. Check your lettering is big and clear enough to be seen by people at the back of the group. It’s always a good idea to try this with some friends or colleagues before presenting. Ask your test audience to position themselves at the back of the room, create multiple sizes of text, until they agree a suitable size that is clearly legible.

8. Your words should be written in strong, dark colours such as blue or black as this is the easiest to read. Use colours to fill in charts, diagrams and pictures to make them more interesting.

9. Never block or stand in front of your flipchart easels during the presentation as it may frustrate the audience if you’re asking them to refer to the sheet for information.

10. To conclude the presentation, pass around one page handouts that cover the key points and message for the audience to take away. Try not to over complicate the content/design, or be tempted to include your whole presentation as it will simply end up in the bin.