Speech Contests

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Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year, thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests.Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the area, division, district and all new region quarterfinal levels. Region quarterfinal winners advance to the International competition, where they will compete in the semifinals for a chance to take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.

Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:


International

Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.

 

Humorous

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

 

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Evaluation

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.

 

Tall Tales

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
   


     

 

Table Topics

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.

 

Video Speech

A contest for undistricted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.
     



Additional Resources

Speech Contest Rulebook Changes

Find out how the Speech Contest Rulebook has changed and why each change was made. Review changes >

 

Speech Contest Materials

Download or purchase the materials you need to conduct speech contests. Shop now >

     

Conducting Quality Speech Contests (PDF)

Read this guide to understand the process, rules and resources required to enhance your speech contests. Read guide >

 

Speech Contest Tutorials

Utilize these tutorials to help members understand the fundamental principles of speech contests. View tutorials >



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