Visual flipcharts

Trainers and presenters often use flipcharts to capture a brainstormed list. That’s fine, of course. But here are some more creative ways you can use flipcharts to make your point.

  • Everest/Uluru: I learned this on a course run by Elsevier in the 1980s. It makes a powerful point about USPs, standing out and being different
  • Red dots: I discovered this at a BRE meeting in the early 2000s. In the video, you’ll see I use differently coloured dots. Today, I draw red dots, green triangles and blue squares (in case someone in the audience is colour-blind). It’s a low-tech twist on the ‘invisible gorilla‘ video you’ll find on YouTube. You can use it to talk about unreliable witnesses, or to show how our brains are so overloaded these days that we filter out any information that’s not relevant
  • Nine dots: I learned this at an corporate awayday in Guildford in the 1990s. It’s the origin of the expression ‘think outside the box’, and you’ll find variations all over Google. The problem can be solved in four straight lines, three straight lines, two straight lines, and even one straight line. Use this when talking about creativity, lateral thinking and rule-breaking, for example

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