While tech-driven presentation aids such as PowerPoint, tend to rule the roost in the 21st-century office, flipcharts still have a role to play. Analogue, in the old-school sense of the word, they don’t require plugging in and there aren’t any passwords to remember. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about power outages bringing your presentation to an unwelcome halt.
However, flipchart pads aren’t confined to the world of presentation. They also work as a valuable aid in brainstorming sessions. With the sheets of paper secured at the top of the page, you can evolve ideas together and, once the page is full, flip it over to continue their development. Should you need to reference an earlier comment or suggestion, it’s merely a case of flipping back to the previous page.
Using flipcharts in presentation or brainstorming environments makes your session a much more intimate and engaging affair, treating your flipchart easels and pad as an aid, as opposed to being the sole focus of the meeting. Contributors and students can write on the pad, so there’s a mutual exchange of opinions and viewpoints, making for a more memorable and interactive experience.
On a practical level, moving a flipchart stand and pads is much more convenient than unplugging a laptop, projector, and putting away a screen. Fold away your flipchart easel, close up your pad and you’re ready to set up in the next conference room or venue.
While there’s plenty to be said for paper and pen flipcharts, not everyone knows how to make the most of them. If you’ve been tasked with a presentation or a brainstorming session, there here are a few tips that can take yours to the next level.
While there’s plenty to be said for paper and pen flipcharts, there are situations where they simply won’t work or are not practical. For example, you may be working in a space where there isn’t enough room for an easel, or you want a more permanent fixture.
If you’re tight on space, check out our range of ‘magic’ whiteboard sheets. Made from thin yet durable sheets of whiteboard material, these can be hung from any wall or flat surface, using static. Combined with whiteboard markers, they serve much the same purpose as flipchart pads, with perhaps the only exception being that once the sheet is full, the notes need to be wiped away and can’t be referred to. However, as makeshift emergency charts, these are a close second to the original.
Should you need something permanent, whiteboards make another good substitute. Secured to the wall with hidden fixings, they look professional and remove the need for setting up and taking down a flipchart stand every time the meeting room or classroom is in use. Browse our collection and you’ll even find tabletop flipchart easels, which act as the perfect backup when you need all the benefits of an old-school pad, but with all the space-saving benefits of a 21st Century office essential.
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