What is the difference between a Pulpit , Podium , and a Lectern

 Pulpits, Podiums, Lecterns… 


I agree with you, so let’s clear up the confusion.


Pulpit: A raised enclosed platform or structure in a church from which a sermon is delivered or service is conducted.  Mostly found in cathedrals or old churches.

Podium:  A low platform on which a person stands to be seen, while giving a presentation. A podium gives the speaker improved visibility and vocal project.

Lectern:  A stand with a slanted top in which a speaker stands behind to deliver a speech. 

A lectern can be a freestanding floor model, height adjustable, with or without a sound system or a tabletop model.

Are you still having a hard time distinguishing the difference between a pulpit, podium and lectern?  Here are some simple ways to remember:

Pulpit:  A platform you step into.

Podium:  It is a low platform you stand on.

Lectern:  What you stand behind.

These are the traditional definitions of the words, but in todays’ culture the meaning of the words pulpit, podium and lectern have become interchangeable with each other.

Here are some selected models of Pulpits, Podiums and Lecterns.


  1. Church Wood Pulpit Custom No 1. This Beautiful Walk-In Wood Pulpit is ideal for all your presentation needs.

Church Wood Pulpit Custom No 1 - FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Custom No. 5.

Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Custom No. 5

  1. Church Wood Pulpit Custom No 7.

Church Wood Pulpit Custom No 7 - FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Glass Pulpit NC1/NC1G Prestige Winged.  This Pulpit invites and embrace the congregation.

Glass Pulpit NC1/NC1G Prestige WINGED


  1. Wharton Height Adjustable Podium WLECT.KBD. This state-of-the-art Wharton lectern that features complete control and speaker comfort.

Height Adjustable Podium WLECT.KBD Wharton with Keyboard Drawer. FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Non-Sound Presentation Podium. This elegant, yet functional podium comes with pre-drilled cable holes for electronic cords, locking cabinet doors and casters for mobility.

 Non-Sound Presentation Podium. Color: Black

  1. Non-Sound “The Hope” Lectern. This wood lectern, such as the one seen here, is a cost effective presentation solution for any school or business.

Non Sound Lectern "The Hope" - FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Portable Presentation Denon Lectern. The Lectern Active is a portable audio lectern for multi-media presentations - perfect for hotels, churches, conference rooms and convention centers.


  1. Clear Acrylic Tabletop Lectern. Table Top Lectern is made to the same exacting standards as our full-size lecterns 

Tabletop Lectern Clear Acrylic

  1. Metal Truss Lectern 4 Post Straight. The open front black steel podium, also called a metal lectern. Perfect for any church or business. This lectern has a truss design.

Metal Truss Lectern 4 Post Straight. Black

We invite you to see our selection of Pulpits, Podiums and Lecterns at www.podiumsdirect.com

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