Lecturing a class is, even at the best of times, an exhausting and somewhat trying experience. Holding the attention of students of any age requires a lot of energy, and having the right lectern can make a big difference. You can lean on it for extra support, use it to store materials you might need while you’re talking and even make a big impression on your audience based on how it looks. In fact, many great speakers throughout history have relied on lecterns to help deliver their message. Let’s take a look at some famous lecterns to get an idea:
Variations of this same lectern have been in use since the beginning of the United States, always present during hundreds of famous speeches and declarations. In the picture below, President John F. Kennedy announces America’s intention of being the first to the moon.
Though these may also be called pulpits, religious leaders like Pope Francis often make use of lecterns to help make their point, whether it’s a huge, ornate sculpture lectern or a simpler lectern stand like the one in the picture below.
Yes, these are fictional characters that perform magic, but even a guy like Albus Dumbledore needs a lectern from which to make his important points. While his lectern might be more elaborate and dramatic than what you’ll need in a classroom, it serves the same purpose: to keep students’ attention.
The famous, three-tiered Olympic podium design has been used for centuries. Even though most of us never think about it, podiums and lecterns are always right in front of us during important moments, like in this emotional medal ceremony from the 1968 Summer Olympics.
So now that you know how famous speakers and events have used these over the years, I hope you’ll check out the variety of lecterns and podiums we can offer you.
A few definitions:
A lectern is “a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.” A podium, however, is defined as “a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.” So while these terms are often used interchangeably, I felt it was my duty to acknowledge how different they truly are.