Use Flip Charts Backwards
This is a cool little trick I
learned years ago.
Youíve probably seen
presenters struggle with the flip chart paper, as
they try to lift it over the top of the chart. The
paper gets crumpled, and wonít fall properly. Most
speakers have struggled with this, from time to
When I use a flip chart, I
turn all of the pages up first, so that I begin
using the last page of the pad, and I flip them from
back to front. I do this for two reasons:
First, when the pages are
flipped over the top of the chart, itís much easier
to grab them from behind the chart. The pages are
already separated, and theyíre at chest height, so I
donít have to bend down.
Second, once I grab the
sheet, thereís already a forward pulling force on
it, because the sheets are mounted on the front of
the chart, and the fold is pulling the paper for me.
I simply have to lift the sheet a little, and let
gravity drop it smoothly into place.
Try it! Flip the papers of
the flip chart backwards, from back to front. Youíll
see how smoothly you can flow through those pages,
with next to zero effort, and no awkward fumbles.
So, whatís the lesson? I
think you get it!