Preparing and Using Visual Aids 221 Flip charts work best with small groups because they generally can't be read beyond the tenth row. Be sure that your writing is large enough to be seen clearly by all audience members. If you're right- handed, stand on the left side of the chart; if you're left-handed, stand on the right side. This will make it much easier for you to flip the pages and point out key features of the chart. And remember to avoid turning your back on the audience as you flip the pages. Class Act Here's a side benefit to using a flip chart: It's a good alternative to handouts or speaker notes. For example, if you're going to make three points in your speech, you can write each point on a separate sheet of the flip chart. Posters are inexpensive and easy to produce. Like charts and diagrams, however, you want to avoid certain pitfalls when making your poster. If your poster contains bulleted lists, for example, include only a few main points on each. For maximum visual appeal, keep the posters simple. Sharp colors have the greatest impact, but they can be hard on the eyes. Display the posters as you would a flip chart or a photograph. The No. 1 rule: Make sure that ev- eryone can see every part of the poster. Otherwise, it's useless. Take a look at some additional tips for using flip charts and posters: 1. Before the presentation, check the height of the easel and make sure you have plenty of paper. You might want to use two easels, one that is already prepared and one for extemporaneous