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Session 1: The Contest and Roles

This session gives you an overview of how speech contests are conducted and who makes them happen. After completing this session, you will be familiar with each of the participants of a speech contest from contestants to the contest chair, and you will know the procedure a contest follows.

Be sure to print the Worksheet before you begin.

System Requirements

Additional Resources for the Contest and Roles:

Speech Contest Rulebook (Item 1171)
To stay current with speech contest rules, the rulebook is your best friend; no matter what role you play in the speech contest. 

Speech Contest FAQs
Q: Looking for answers to your speech contest questions?
A: Check here first!
While you're at it, browse through for answers to questions you have yet to ask.

Why You Should Be a Speech Contest Official
Are you thinking about acting as a speech contest official, but haven't gotten around to signing up? Here are some reasons to seal the deal!

Additional Resources from the Toastmasters Online Store:

Speech Contest Rulebook (Item 1171)
Keep your knowledge of contest rules fresh with a hard copy of the Speech Contest Rulebook to carry with you when you're on the go.

Speech Contest Time Record Sheet and Instructions for Timers (Item 1175)
Get ready for your timer role in a speech contest with a look at the Time Record Sheet.

Counters' Tally Sheet (Item 1176)
Review the Counters' Tally Sheet to prepare for your role as the speech contest counter.

International Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot (Item 1172)
A good judge is always prepared. Familiarize yourself with the International Speech Contest Judge's Guide and Ballot before serving as a speech contest judge.