Presentation Tips: Lectern vs. Podium

What I have to say about lecterns and podiums is academic, but nevertheless worth mentioning.

A podium is a raised platform on which a speaker (or an athlete) stands (look left.)  A lectern is the upright object on which he or she places her papers (look right.)

I know this because my schoolboy Latin tells me so.  Podium, as I remember, comes from the Latin word pes, pedis which means foot.  Think of the word pedal or podiatrist.

Lectern comes from lectere, meaning to read. Think of the word lecture.

There!  I have said it and will not say it again.


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