You don’t need a full orchestra
Here’s why I mention the experience. In all the big musical stage productions they have a full orchestra. But in Anne and Gilbert, they only had three instruments accompanying the musical: a piano, violin and cello (no, there wasn’t a recorded soundtrack either). And it sounded just as good as the productions with all the instruments. It got me thinking about presentations. Do you really need all the fancy bells and whistles or will keeping it simple do just as well? I think keeping it simple and making sure you deliver your message is the way to go. Most of us don’t have the time or ability to do all the really fancy whiz-bang stuff in PowerPoint anyway.
The producers of this musical decided to keep the background music simple and let the actors tell the story through their words, actions and singing. In your next presentation, focus on telling your story through what you say and simple visuals. You don’t really need the full orchestra.