It is not only a good thing to step away from the podium, but it is a great thing!
Because when you have a podium in between you and your audience, there’s a block – they’re not seeing the full you, they’re just seeing a part of you. But if you step away, and you know the subject and you don’t need notes, well that’s a great thing.
Because the audience realizes you’re just talking to them on-on-one and they connect to you better without the podium.
Now, you can still use a podium on certain occasions, but if you can do without one, it’s a terrific way of connecting with that audience and letting them know it’s the real you.