Presentations and mind mapping

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Planning a presentation with a mind map is no different any other document

  1. Decide on your core central concept
  2. Dump your brain into the mind map
  3. Do further research
  4. Expand topics and notes
  5. Add links between nodes/topics
  6. Add links to external resources and further reading
  7. Re-arrange into the correct order
  8. Rinse and repeat until good enough
  9. Arrange into final format
  10. Add any prose and illustrations required
  11. Rehearse


The following work-flow is suggested:

  1. Plan and brainstorm using tools such as mind maps
  2. Continue drilling down to the required detail
  3. If a paper is required then create the paper after the planning and research; but before creating the slides
  4. Creates slides using an office package, LaTeX, S5 etc.
  5. Rehearse, get Feedback and Refine
  6. Consider publishing on sites such as (I also usually publish my mind maps on as well in case others can build on them)


Depending on the your audience, tools available and subject matter a mind map can make an effective presentation technique

  1. Audience less likely to suffer “death by powerpoint”
  2. Saves time. Present directly from your notes
  3. The presentation media helps make it more memorable

However there are some limitations:

  1. Suitable for short (20m) presentations focused around presenting related concepts rather than detailed or factual content
  2. Requires an audience with experience of “joining the dots” for themselves

You need a tool that can collapse and expand sub trees as you go through your presentation


After creating the material in your mind map

  1. Make sure it is in the correct order. Each level 1 sub tree is a ‘slide’ and you will progress around the mind map core in either a anti clockwise or clockwise direction (I have topic one in the top right and progress anti-clockwise)
  2. Reduce (or better eliminate) any cross links between topics in different slides. Consider duplicating a node to help make each sub tree self contained
  3. Make sure the text is big enough to read at a distance
  4. Be prepared to move backwards around the presentation in response to questions

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Project teams[edit]


Sharing complex ideas[edit]


Prezi manages to combine the task of designing a presentation with a mind map to giving a presentation. It supports zooming and rotating to add interest to presentations and lessen the risk of “death by PowerPoint.”

Some members of Prezi audiences have claimed to feel motion sickness while watching, so it might be wise to go easy in your use of the rotation capabilities – at first, anyway.

Here’s a favorite: Maths is not linear.

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