COMMUNICATION TIP #93
If you’re making arrangements to give a speech, you will appreciate knowing the difference between these two words:
- If you request a podium, you will get a raised platform.
- If you request a lectern, you will get an elevated desk for your notes or laptop.
Podium comes from pod—foot. It’s a place upon which we stand. (Think podiatrist or tripod.)
Lectern come from lect—to read. (Think lecture.)
Oh, and request a lavalier or headset mic. You don’t want to be holding a microphone the whole time or constrained by the lectern’s mic.
And enjoy the experience!