How to Use Charts and Posters     Charts and posters can be      paper or cardboard. Staple           • Use large letterin...
Other Types of Charts               • Decide on the                                 Use letters 11⁄4” high,               ...
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Charts and posters

  1. 1. How to Use Charts and Posters Charts and posters can be paper or cardboard. Staple • Use large lettering that canused effectively in a post. The sheets together, or fasten with easily be seen.goals of Exploring, the Explorer lightweight bolts and thumb- The following tips canMotto, or the desired outcomes screws. If the flip chart is not help you make your letteringof a particular activity could be self-supporting, tie it to the top attractive and legible:listed on a chart or poster. of a stand, an easel, or a mov-Presentations and officer reports able chalkboard. You can impro- — Use wide-tip marking pens.may also make use of posters or vise a stand by using the back of — Use plastic stick-on letters.charts. In particular, charts and a chair or an upended table.posters are used to — Use lettering patterns or• Attract and hold attention Suggestions for stencils to trace letters. Effective Flip Charts — Emphasize or underline• Develop an idea • First, write out your flip key words.• Present information to small chart in miniature. — Use colored marking pen- groups It’s a good idea to write cils, watercolors, art• Highlight key points out the flip chart in miniature markers, or highlighting form while you are planning markers to emphasize• Review and preview it. Changes or corrections can key points.• Add variety to discussions easily be made before you — Use one idea per page.• Speed learning make the actual chart. Orga- nize your papers as follows: — Don’t crowd too much on• Increase retention any page. — Designate the first page as the title page. — Prepare a cue sheet.Making a Flip Chart — Define the subject on the To provide the presenter with Excellent flip chart pads are a cue sheet, duplicate in minia- second page.available commercially, or you ture on the back of the preced-can make your own with a tablet — Use the following pages to ing page what the audience isof newsprint, an artist’s pad, or explain the subject. seeing. Then, you can standsheets of construction paper, slightly behind the flip chart, — Demonstrate that yournewsprint, or brown wrapping face the audience, and explain explanation is sound.paper. If the paper is not in pad what the audience sees.form, reinforce the top of the — Summarize and ask forsheets with a double fold of action on the last page. HOW TO USE CHARTS AND POSTERS 1
  2. 2. Other Types of Charts • Decide on the Use letters 11⁄4” high, desired effect. 3 ⁄16” thick if 15–30 people Besides flip charts, there are 25 feet away. are other kinds of charts you Decide on the effect you Use letters 11⁄2” high, might find useful: want to create—funny, dra- 1 ⁄4” thick if 30–60 people matic, serious, or factual. are 45 feet away. • Pinboard chart Use letters 3” high, 1⁄2” • Try different ideas. Word strips or sentence thick if 60–100 people are strips rest on pins stuck in a Brainstorm at least five 75 feet away. pinup board. ideas, and put them down on scratch paper. • Try out color and • Sentence holder chart illustrations. • Use attractive and Word strips rest in a shal- — Color adds interest to legible lettering. low pocket made from card- posters. Use colored ink or board and fastened to a — Block out the chart using poster paint to fill in board. lightly penciled guidelines. letters. — If you aren’t an artist, use — Select colors that contrast • Folded word chart plastic stick-on letters or sharply with the back- Word strips are folded in pressure-sensitive letters, ground color. the center and then opened trace lettering patterns, or — Cut out pictures from during the presentation. use letter stencils. This magazines. saves a lot of time. • Strip chart — Trace pictures from maga- — Use plain, block letters. zines. Strips of paper are used Make them a little taller to hide the points until time than they are wide. — Pictures or diagrams from to show them. magazines can be enlarged — Don’t squeeze the letters by using an opaque pro- together or place them too Making Posters jector. far apart. — Make the main idea the You don’t have to be a sign — Avoid fancy or difficult-to- largest and brightest. painter or an artist to make read lettering. good posters. Follow these — For letter sizes, follow this • Use white space effectively. simple rules, and your posters guide: will carry a terrific punch: Use letters 1” high, 1⁄8” thick if 10–15 people are • Select the main idea. 10 feet away. Jot down a few simple words that explain it.HOW TO USE CHARTS AND POSTERS 2

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