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 and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:
Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
A contest for undistricted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.
Competition begins at the club level, and winners advance to the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels—the semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
The Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the crowning of the World Champion of Public Speaking.
Find a wealth of materials in the online store to help your club or district conduct speech contests.
These tutorials offers fundamental principles to help members understand speech contests.
When area and division directors understand process, rules and resources, a speech contest's quality is enhanced.
Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Toastmasters' speech contests.
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