What do you do if you feel safer having some notes on a lectern (just in case), but you don’t want that old-fashioned “hiding behind the lectern” look?
My tip: Put the lectern a little off to the right and turn it 1/8 (45 degrees) clockwise. This gives you the chance to step away from it easily to be in full view. And if you feel that need to look at your notes, instead of running behind it, you just stroll near it, glance at the notes, and stroll away again. Very effective! (Off to the left and counter-clockwise is just as good, too)