The Beginner Guide of Mind Map Presentation

Searching for a guide about presentations for mind mappers?

You are in the right place.

Here is part 1 of our series for mind map presentations. In the following, we will unravel advanced tips for using mind map presentations, and resources to build your own presentation templates.

In this post, you are going to learn the basics to get mind map presentation right within 5 easy steps.

But let's make sure we are on the same page…

What is mind map presentation

If you hop on Google and search "mind map presentation." You will find the results include creating mind maps in PPT, using mind maps to prepare speeches, and using mind maps as presentations.

But here in this guide, we focus on mind maps as the presentation medium.

Mind maps are tree structures made for note-taking and brainstorming. They are also called Spider Web or Idea Webbing.

A mind map presentation equals to a presentation-ready mind map. The nodes and branches are the slide content, the transitioning between branches is the interaction.

How to create a mind map presentation

The significant components of presentation creation are content, design, and delivery.

The big bonus of mind map presentation is that you save time on designing graphics. Your idea, the mind map is both your content and design of the presentation slide.

Step 1: Write down your goal of this presentation

Know your audience is always the first and most crucial step. It dictates everything to follow.

In mind map, you can put your goal and presentation content in the same place. Put a box on top of the canvas, and write down your goal of this presentation. With the goal visualized, you always get the hint to stick to the goal.

In some cases, you can even write it in the format of introduction. And start your presentation to your audience with the purpose of this speech.

Step 2: Map out the content

Put the title in the Central Topic. Use ENTER to create boxes of the same level. And TAB to add subtopics.

And now you have your first draft of content.

Best Practices

  1. Use a delivery-driven approach. First, put down your ideas as quickly as possible. Then demo-present to yourself or friends before fine-tuning. This is a very outcome-oriented approach and prevents you from over-researching or over-optimizing in the early stage.

  2. Keep points concise. Use New Sheet From Topic and Notes if needed.

Step 3: Create slides

In XMind, you have three ways of creating slides.

1. Implicit Slides (Available in every mind map software). No actual slides created, just zoom-in and zoom-out. Close all the subtopics before the presentation, then extend the branch one by one.

2. Slide-Based Mode (Only available in XMind 8). Frame select the area you want to include in each slide and create slides inside XMind.

3. Walk-Through Mode(Only available in XMind 8). Go through every topic and focus on one item each time. Move on to the next box by arrow keys.

Step 4: Do a demo presentation

Now write down your time allocation for different slides. You can put down Labels on the various branches to remind you of the time allocation.

And start to present with timer. For a demo or even final presentation, you can use Zen Mode - a full-screen mode with a timer.

Adjust your time allocation and take notes on what you need to simplify or add.

Best Practices

Show the big picture at the start and end of the presentation. It helps the audience to follow your ideas better.

Step 5: Fine-tune your content and design

Now it's time to fine-tune the details.

First, based on the notes taken in step 4, organize the structure and select the best-fitted structure.

To grab the audience's attention, you can use Quick Style or Callouts to highlight important topics.

Quick Style


Best Practices

  1. Use visuals to lighten up your slides. It can be as simple as adding emojis or stickers. XMind also supports GIF.

  2. Try to have the best-fitted structure. One thing to start is to think about the relationship you want to emphasize. For example, if you're going to show a strong Top-Bottom/Trivial-Important connection, you can choose Org-Chart. Like the "Three Levels" branch in the following.

Why use mind map presentation

There are a few confusions around the mind map presentations.

Does it work for all presentations?

No. Mind map presentations work well for providing information but lack the emotional or story-telling power. Also, the appearance of mind maps creates a bit of informality.

So mind map presentations work best for non-corporate, informative speeches. For example, workshop training and classroom teaching.

Why is it useful for training and classroom teaching?

Mind maps are the overlapping of efficiency, powerfulness, and connectedness.

Comparing to more specialized presentation software like PowerPoint or Prezi, mind maps are quicker and easier to make. But mind maps still provide the basic animation and visual design of presentations.

So for busy preachers who are working in mind-map-friendly environments, mind map presentation boost up productivity significantly without sacrificing the quality of slides.

What are the pros and cons of using it?


  • Streamlined workflow (if you are a mind mapper). If you like to use mind maps to brainstorm. Then what would be easier for you to build your presentation in the same tool directly?
  • Quick and intuitive to create. It's more than comfortable to create a mind map. Just TAB or ENTER to add topics.
  • Effortlessly good visual design. Who knows how much time we put into making our slides beautiful! With built-in themes and community mind map templates, you are free from the troubles of visual designs of your diagrams.
  • Accessible big picture view. Because the mind map itself is your presentation. By zooming in or out, you not only help your audience to notice the big picture but also to show a connection between your points as well.


  • The animation is basic. No fancy animation feature is available...
  • Not suitable for the corporate environment. Mind maps look more like embellishment than a finished product. That's also why many mind mappers choose to export mind maps to the PPT file and further edit.
  • Not suitable for inspirational or story-telling types of presentation. The graphics of lines and boxes appear to be a bit odd for non-informational kinds of speeches.


We will talk about using mind maps to prepare your speech and all sorts of other mind map use cases in presentations.

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