Using Flip Charts to Facilitate Community Meetings
Tried and true methods of using flip charts to organize, facilitate, and record community meetings.
- Tape (masking)
- Markers–”Mr. Sketch” work best because they don’t bleed through.
- Grid ruled flip chart pads
- Easels (See toolbox in the Fall/Winter 1996-97 Mountain Promise on “How to build a flipchart easel”.)
- If there is no bar on the easel, use the pad box as a backboard.
- Use the pad box on a chair if you don’t have an easel.
- Use tape to solve any remaining problems!
- Plan where to tape your sheets so all can see them–walls, windows, etc.
- Tear off tape pieces and stick them on the easel.
- Make flipcharts ahead of time for presentations.
- Write notes in pencil on pre-made pages for presentation.
- Use white mailing labels to “erase” mistakes.
- Colors–Don’t use red except to highlight.
- Size–One inch high minimum (lower case).
- Use key words.
- Use speakers’ words if you can.
- Negotiate for reduction to key phrases.
- Read it back and ask if you got it right.
- Put tape on the top corners of the sheet before you tear it off.
- The tear-off: tear one corner, then pull down and to the side.
- Fold the sheets after taking them down–they are easier to type.
- Roll the sheets if you plan to post them again.
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