Mind mapping expands on a central idea focusing on visually showing the structure and relationships of components of the central idea. Where a typical Microsoft PowerPoint presentation will explain each aspect of an idea on separate slides, a mind map will enable the entire idea to be viewed at once. The drawing tools in PowerPoint allow the creation of stunning mind maps to accentuate your presentations.
Using Smart Art
1.Open PowerPoint on your computer. Create a new presentation or add a new slide to an existing presentation on which to start your mind map.
2.Click on the “Insert” menu and select the “SmartArt Graphic …” option. In Office 2007, the “SmartArt” option is located under the “Illustrations” submenu. Microsoft SmartArt is a collection of prebuilt illustration frameworks available in Office 2007 and later. PowerPoint contains a collection of SmartArt template for illustrating relationships, the goal of a mind map.
3.Select a SmartArt template that contains a central focus.
4.Double-click on the central object in the SmartArt template and insert the text of your main idea. For example, write “Increase Profits” for a mind map detailing a profit-building initiative for your company or division.
5.Replace the text of the surrounding objects with brief details expanding on the main focus of the mind map. For example, details in the “Increase Profits” mind map might include “Expand Customer Base,” “Decrease Costs,” “Expand Product Line” and “Increase Purchases Per Customer.”
6.Add additional shapes using the tools under the “Edit SmartArt” toolbar at the top of the PowerPoint window.
You can create mind maps in earlier versions of PowerPoint using shapes and drawing lines between anchor points on the shapes.