Literally podium is a platform from which you stand for. while lectern is a place or furniture from which you put your notebook. or any somethings to read.
A podium is a platform where the speaker stands while a lectern is usually a slanted stand to which the written materials of the speaker is placed for his guide so he does not read on the PowerPoint presentation.
A podium is a platform or rostrum (e.g. for a speaker or an orchestral conductor). A lectern is a stand for holding a book (usu. the Bible) in church or a similar stand for a lecturer, etc.
You stand at or behind the lectern; you stand on the podium.
…but what do you call a podium that eats people?
A Hannibal Lectern.
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