LET'S GET IT STRAIGHT While the two are often confused, a podium is not a lectern. A podium is a raised platform on which a speaker stands, also referred to as a dais or a riser. The lectern is the stand that holds a speaker's notes. There are “standing” lecterns, which rest on the floor or podium, and tabletop models. SAFETY ZONE Many business presenters are moving away from lecterns because they can make a speaker appear remote and somewhat formal. However, there are lots of reasons to ...

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