5 public speaking lessons from ‘House of Cards’

Frank Underwood may be a devious scoundrel, but he can be both charming and commanding. Make the most of these takeaways (and forgo the political chicanery).

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This critically acclaimed political drama is the story of Frank Underwood, a high-powered congressman who, after being passed over for appointment as secretary of state, initiates an ambitious plan to obtain a position of even greater power.

As the third season unfolds, Underwood’s elaborate scheming has come to fruition, and he steps in as president. Every episode has Underwood delivering important high-stakes presentations: campaigning at a town hall meeting, briefing the press, addressing the nation and debating opponents.

So, what can this notorious character teach high-integrity business leaders about message delivery?

After binge-watching all 13 episodes, I can tell you that there are a number of presentation delivery lessons we can learn from Frank Underwood. Consider these (no spoilers, I promise):

1. Glance and grab like a pro: Addressing the nation.

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