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How Does The New Normal Relate To A Podium or Lectern? 0

Since this Covid-19 pandemic has been upon us, it has changed the way we work, the way we worship, the way we interact, the way we clean, the way we shop and so much more.

With this pandemic we have come to know a new normal, which consists of restrictions that vary from state to state.

Even with restrictions, more and more states are opening public places and spaces and businesses are starting to attract customers.

But how does this relate to a podium or lectern you ask?

Business may have a check-in station to take daily employee temperature checks, healthcare check for symptoms, hand out masks, face (safety) shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting agents and copies of safety guidelines.

At the check-in station a podium can store these items and the reading surface area can hold your record/log books for contact tracing.

Churches that are returning to in person worship services, may have the same set up as a business, with a check-in station.

Now, more than ever cleaning commonly touched surfaces has become an important routine. So, let’s not forget about that pulpit, podium, lectern and/or communion table.

Every pulpit, podium, lectern, and communion table are made of different materials that require different care methods.  Each routine is simple and easy to perform.


Use a mix of mild soap and water, along with a clean cotton cloth.  Wipe the surface of the podium, etc. with the solution and dry.

NEVER use a glass cleaning product or a product that contains ammonia on your item.

Also, there is a product called “Novus”, that you can purchase on the internet.


If your pulpit, etc. has an etched (white frosted look) logo, use a clean microfiber cloth with glass cleaner.  First spray glass cleaner directly on the soft cloth and gently wipe the surface of the glass panels.

If your pulpit, etc. has a logo with paint fill (color fill), avoid spraying cleaner directly onto the painted surface.  Clean by wiping with a dry microfiber cloth.

Glass pulpits with a photoplate, clean it by wiping with a dry microfiber cloth.


With a dry soft flannel or microfiber cloth wipe the surface of the wood base or trim.  This should be sufficient for normal dusting.

Occasionally, you may spray Pledge, onto a soft flannel cloth to clean wood base or trim.

DO NOT use a glass cleaner like, Windex, on the wood base or trim, as it will eventually strip the finish from your pulpit’s wood finish.


Dust them with a cloth that is damp with water only.  Be sure the cloth has been wrung out very thoroughly.


The acrylic panel(s) of the podium, pulpit, lectern, or communion table, should be cleaned with a mix of mild soap and water with a clean cotton cloth. Wipe the surface of the acrylic with the solution and dry.

The wood part(s) of the podium, pulpit, lectern or communion table, dust with a cloth that is damp with water.

Following these instructions of proper care and maintenance will not only help stop the spread of the virus it will ensure that your podium, pulpit, lectern, and communion table will maintain its beautiful appearance for years to come.

So, as we move ahead with this new normal, don’t forget about all the ways a podium can be used for, such as;  Virtual Teaching, Live Streaming and Webinars.

I hope this blog has been insightful.  Thanks for reading.



  • Mark Korte

Give The Gift Of A Podium Or Communion Table 0

There are many ways to give a gift.

  • In “Memory Of”. A remembrance of someone who has passed away.

  •  In “Honor Of”. Is a tribute made in recognition of a living person.

  •  In “Appreciation Of”. A show of gratitude toward a person.

Lately, we have had many church members ordering a podium or communion table in “Memory Of” or in “Honor Of” someone special.

A gift of a podium or communion table in “Memory Of” is a meaningful and unique way to acknowledge, commemorate, and demonstrate respect for that person.

A gift in “Honor Of” is a way to pay respect to a particular person who has inspired and/or made an impact or significant contributions to another person(s) or organization(s).

But, why not let your clergy know how much you appreciate them, with a gift of a podium or communion table in “Appreciation Of”.

It is a great way to show gratitude towards, priest, pastors, reverends, ministers, and missionaries, who faithfully try their best to serve, lead, pray, listen, and preach the word of God to and with their congregation members. They hope that their messages are heard, followed, and make an impact.

Custom No 6, Wood with Acrylic Pulpit.

Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Custom No 6

Model E, Clear Acrylic Lectern.

Acrylic Lectern Model E

NC10/NC10G Prestige Glass FOUNDATION Pulpit.

Glass Pulpit NC10/NC10G Prestige FOUNDATION

NO 8410, Communion Table

Communion Table NO 8410

View our website at www.podiumsdirect.com for all we have to offer.

Thank You for visiting this blog.

  • Mark Korte

A Better Understanding Of Logo File Formats For Podiums 0

Here at Podiums Direct we get asked everyday about logos on podiums.

Especially, about what file format our customers need to provide to us.

So hopefully, this will help you better understand, why it is so important to send us your logo file in these acceptable logo artwork files.

Graphic Guidelines
The Difference Between Vector and Raster
Vector (.eps, ai)

Typically, any file ending in .eps, .ai, or .pdf designed with a vector based program that can be scaled to any size while appearing crisp. Also known as line art.

Smooth, straight lines, no pixel data. Scalable to any size.

Raster(.tif, .pdf) 

Any file ending with .psd, .tif, .jpg, .bmp, .gif or any photographic image. Raster art is composed of pixels that when scaled larger, will look jagged or. 

Uses pixel data, can become blurry. Not easily or cleanly scalable

 Client Submitted Artwork

Artwork needs to be VECTOR wherever possible for maximum quality. If artwork contains images, vector graphics and effects, it will need to be flattened.  Artwork needs to be sent at 100%, or scaled down proportionately.

File types accepted:

  • .PDF (flattened)
  • .EPS (with outlined fonts & embedded images)
  • .CDR (with outlined fonts & embedded images)

Unacceptable Artwork & Formats

Images pulled from the internet will NOT work for large format printing.
Low resolution .JPEG images.
Files built in Word, PowerPoint or Publisher.
Images embedded in Word, PowerPoint or Publisher

Unacceptable file types:

  • JPEG(low resolution)
  • .PNG
  • .GIF

These are generally web-based graphics and are not print quality.

Remember, an effective logo is distinctive, appropriate, practical, graphically simple, and clean in design. Its purpose is to identify and communicate important brand messages and values.

Where Do I Send My Logo Files: E-mail to: sales@podiumsdirect.com

Will I receive a proof of my logo? Yes. We will e-mail you a proof to approve or make changes, before applying logo to the product.

I hope you found this blog helpful, informative and has answered your questions regarding logo file formats.

  • Mark Korte

A Podium Or Lectern With A Mix Of Traditional And Contemporary Styles 0

A few years ago, the traditional wood podium, pulpit or lectern was popular, but that has begun to change.  We see that reflected in the orders our customer’s place. Most often they are a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

The most popular of these mixed styles is the Wood with Acrylic Podiums, Pulpits and Lecterns.

It integrates wood and acrylic seamlessly together to become the focal point of your presentation, whether in a church, school, or business.

The Acrylic with Wood Podium, Pulpit and Lectern has a modern elegance that makes it distinctive and at the same time impressive, which makes it perfect for any décor.

            702, Wood with Acrylic Proclaimer Pulpit with Wings.

Wood with Acrylic Pulpit w/Wings 702 Proclaime

            Customer No. 5, Wood with Acrylic Pulpit

Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Custom No. 5

            FLCTSHLFRMA, Wood with Acrylic Curved Sides, Frosted Front Panel-              Mahogany Pulpit

Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Curved Sides, Frosted Front Panel-Mahogany

            CVWDLCTBK, Wood with Acrylic Public Speaking Stand       

Wood with Acrylic Public Speaking Stand


See this link for more styles of Wood with Acrylic Podiums. Link:


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  • Mark Korte

Local, State and Federal Governments All Use Podiums Or Lecterns 0

Local, State and Federal government agencies all use a podium or lectern at one time or another.

How they use these podiums or lecterns vary from agency to agency.

Many will use them to address the general public on the State of the State, emergency situations, public health crisis and more.

Candidates for government and public offices give speeches at political rallies from them.

Military bases find them useful for honoring troops and veterans, recruiting, training sessions and briefings.

Homeland Security use them for security stations, checkpoint stations and to address the public about awareness preparation.

Law Enforcement often uses a podium or lectern to address the media.

As an example, we recently had an order from a county court system that are using Tabletop Lecterns in their courtrooms, instead of sharing on main podium, each attorney has their own Tabletop Lectern to present their case.

These podiums and lecterns are attractive, classic, sophisticated with an air of distinction without compromising quality, substance, or functionality.

            NC2W, Church Wood Prestige “The Speaker” Pulpit.

Church Wood Pulpit NC2W Prestige The SPEAKER

            PDROY, Handcrafted Solid Hardwood Royal Lectern

Handcrafted Solid Hardwood Lectern Royal

            PDPRE, Handcrafted Solid Hardwood PD Presidential Non-Sound Lectern

Handcrafted Solid Hardwood Lectern PD Presidential Non-Sound

            W480, Security Station Sentry Mobile Workstation

Security Station W480 Sentry Mobile Workstation

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  • Mark Korte

What Styles Do Podiums Come In? 0

You often heard me mention styles of podiums as modern, contemporary, or traditional.

But what is the difference? Let us take a few minutes to break it down.

Modern – Features of a modern style podium are that the esthetics are minimalistic with crisp, clean lines and simple form and function.  Another characteristic is wood, or wood elements incorporated into it.

            LECTFLCHW, Clear Acrylic and Wood Lectern With Open Back and Shelf.

Acrylic Lectern Clear and Wood with Open Back and Shelf

Contemporary – Traits of these podiums are bold designs in many variations, with materials such as glass, acrylic, metal, or a combination of materials.

They are also minimalistic with clean lines, often featuring curves.

Contemporary podiums will fit any church, business, school, or meeting place.

            LECTCHR2PL, Contemporary Acrylic Top With Steel Poles Podium.

Contemporary Acrylic Top with Steel Poles Podium

            K-1, Contemporary Lectern and Podium.

Contemporary Lectern and Podium K-1

Traditional – The definition of this word is Characteristic of older styles and customs, beliefs or methods that have existed for a long time without changing.

Podiums and Pulpits that fall into this category have classic designs and details from a variety of centuries and made of solid hardwood.

Usually heavy looking with carvings, fluting, scrollwork, or dental molding.  They also include warm to dark stain colors and have symmetrical lines that contribute to a comfortable elegant feeling.

            TSP-620, Church Wood Colonial Tiered Pulpit.

 Church Wood Pulpit Colonial Tiered TSP-620

Now that you know the differences in styles, you can choose the one that best fits your space and needs.

We invite you to check out all our podiums, pulpits and lecterns at www.podiumsdirect.com

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  • Mark Korte