A podium is a raised platform like the kind Olympians stand on when they win a medal or like the overturned crate in the garage where you pretend to accept your Academy Award.

Stepping up to a podium means taking center stage. A person might be receiving an honor or giving a speech and the added height of a podium makes that person the focus. If you wave a baton as the conductor of an orchestra or band, you'll need to stand on a podium so the musicians can see you. And, if you deliver a rousing message in a church you might use a podium, but probably shouldn't be waving a baton.

Definitions of podium
  1. noun
    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    synonyms: ambo, dais, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stump
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    type of:
    a raised horizontal surface
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