I recently donated a podium to my WordFest group in Longview, WA because there must be others like me who are scared sh_ _less to stand in front of a group to speak. Having that “wall” in front of me really helps. First thing, I was told that it is a lectern, not a podium. But to locate a good deal on a used one online, I looked under both terms, and found it under the listing “podium.” Another person got up to read his writing and suggested we call it a “pulpit.” Whatever you call it, it is my security blanket, and I hope it will give others some security too while they read. See The Daily News’ article below.