Quality speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.
2017/2018 Speech Contest Rulebook
Be sure to read the new rule book. Download it here. This is the authority for all contests and changes are made every year. This years changes are marked with ♦. NOTE Form #1177 is the Official note sheet for the contestants to use in the evauation contest. There is a new results form #1168 in the speech kit.
District 86 Evaluation and International Speech Contest dates: Club January 1 - February 3, / Area February 4 - March 3 / Division March 4 - April 8 - click here for Area Contest Dates and here for Division Contest Dates.
NEW - Speech Contest Eligibility Checker
Contestants , All Judges - Rule book page 5-7
Club and district officers can use the Eligibility Checker to determine if members are in good standing---and belong to a club in good standing---and thus eligible to compete in a speech contest or be a proxy. Please note, club officers can only check the eligibility of members within their own club and cannot use this tool to determine the eligibility of other members. The same type of restriction applies to district leaders: Area directors can only check the eligibility of members within their area; division directors can only check the eligibility of members within their division; and district directors can only check the eligibility of members within their district.
How to Organize a Club Contest
This newly revised contest resource will help you organize any contest. Please download and use to make your club contests a resounding success! Area directors and division directors will find this resource to be extremely helpful as well. Enjoy!
Click on the image to view and download
Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest
Humorous speeches are 5 to 7 minutes long. They must be original, clean humour, and not a monologue. Table Topics are 1-2 minutes long. They are impromptu speeches. The Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests are held at the Club, Area, Division, and District.
- Download the digital Humorous Speech Contest Package
- Download the digital Table Topics Contest Package
- Division Humorous and Table Topics Contest dates
- Area Humorous and Table Topics Contest dates
Area Contest Fillable Flyer for Print and Online
Downlaod the Area flyer and customize to your area contest information. The header image can be used on website, social media and more.
Area Agenda template: 2017_Area_Template_HUM_TTContest_Program.docx
Division Agenda template: 2017_Div_Template_HUM_TTContest_Program.docx
International Speech and Evaluation Contest
The International Speech Contest is the most important of all Toastmasters Contests. The speech is to be an original speech of 5-7 minutes. It can be serious, funny, and inspirational. The International Speech Contest is held at the Club, Area, Division, District, and International level. The International Speech Contest is the only one that goes all the way to the International competition level - and where the World Champion of Public Speaking is decided!
The Evaluation Contest is 2-3 minutes in length. A test speaker gives a speech which all the evaluation contest contestants listen to and then evaluate. The contestants are taken from the room and give 5 minutes to prepare their evaluations (using form #1177). They are called back to the room one by one according to the predetermined speaking order and deliver their evaluations. The Evaluation contest is held a t club, area , division and district level.
More information & resources about speech contests.
Download the International Speech Contest kit: 2017/2018
Download the Evaluation Contest kit: 2017/2018
Speech Contest tutorials
Speech Contest Script
Download fillable flyer, Eventbrite banner, or Facebook banners and use to promote your Area Contests. Upload flyer to Google Drive, Dropbox or other storage sites, and share the link on in your Area Contest information.
Use the banners and post on club / area / division Facebook Pages along with link or contests information.
Click in the section # and add your area. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.
Faceebook / Event Banners
Click in the section ? and add your division. Click in content with < > and change for your contest. Delete if you you want empty. Open in Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader that allows for fillable forms.
Division Contest A2.pdf (use for morning or afternoon contests can change - enjoy a ... )
Tall Tales Contest
Tall Tales Speeches are 3 to 5 minutes in length. They are full of exaggerated truths and unbelievable stories.
According to Westside Toastmasters who have this great article about Tall Tales, a Tall Tale should Include the following features: a character with extraordinary abilities and a specific goal; a problem that is solved in a humorous way; a careful blend of exaggerated and credible details; and a comical ending. This is an optional contest that is hosted by some Clubs and Areas - but not at the Division or District level.
- Download the digital Tall Tales Contest Package - 2014