Annual Speech Contest Rulebook Changes

EXPLANATION OF CHANGES TO SPEECH CONTEST RULEBOOK: 2016 to 2017
JULY 1, 2015 TO JUNE 30, 2016
JULY 1, 2016 TO JUNE 30, 2017
Explanation
Taped Speech Contest

1. Members of undistricted clubs and provisional districts are invited to participate in the International Taped Speech Contest. Tapes must be in English.

2. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rules are to be followed as far as they are applicable.

A. There is no area, division, district, or semifinal competition for the Taped Speech Contest, nor are there any travel allowances.

B. To enter, clubs conduct a speech contest and submit an audio cassette or CD recording of the winning speech.

3. Only one taped speech per club may be submitted. The tape shall be made using the following procedures:

A. You may use whatever means you wish to record the contest before a live audience, but all entries must be submitted to World Headquarters on audio cassette or audio CD. Videotapes, data CDs, MP3s, and other media will not be accepted. Presentations that have been edited will not be accepted.

B. Time the speech carefully to comply with the International speech contest rules.

C. Clearly mark the audio tape and container with the participant’s name and club number, and be sure to enclose a completed Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality (Item 1183).

D. Tapes must be received at World Headquarters on or before 5 p.m. Pacific Time, March 31, to be eligible for competition.


Taped Video Speech Contest

1. Members of undistricted clubs and provisional districts are invited to participate in the International Taped Video Speech Contest. Tapes Videos must be in English.

2. The Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rules are to be followed as far as they are applicable.

A. There is no area, division, district, or semifinal competition for the Taped Video Speech Contest, nor are there any travel allowances.

B. To enter, clubs conduct a speech contest and submit an audio cassette or CD video recording of the winning speech.

3. Only one taped speech per club may be submitted. The tape video shall be made using the following procedures:

A. Complete and submit a Video Speech Contest Entry Form that includes a live URL linking to the video submission. You may use whatever means you wish to record the contest before a live audience, but all entries must be submitted to World Headquarters on audio cassette or audio CD. Videotapes, data CDs, MP3s, and other media will not be accepted. Presentations that have been edited will not be accepted.

B. Include the entire speech on the video, including the introduction. Speeches that have been edited will not be accepted.

C. Time the speech carefully to comply with the International speech contest rules.

D. Clearly mark the audio tape and container with the participant’s name and club number, and be sure to enclose Submit a completed Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality (Item 1183) with the entry form.

D. Tapes must be received at World

The Speech Contest Rulebook now goes into effect on July 1. The provision referenced the “previous July 1.” In order to avoid confusion and accommodate the new timeline for the rulebook, the provision was revised.

Having a fixed timeframe for the provision affords consistency for all charter members and promotes fairness.

International Speech Contest Rules

1. The International Speech Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area, division (if applicable), district, semifinal, and International levels.

    A. Semifinals are to be held at the International Convention, and will include all district winners randomly assigned to nine separate contests.


International Speech Contest Rules

1. The International Speech Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area, division (if applicable), district, semifinal, and International levels.

    A. Semifinals are to be held at the International Convention, and will include all district winners randomly assigned to nine separate contests.

The provision has been modified to remove the specified number of contests. Nine semifinals are no longer sufficient for evenly dispersing district winners.

The change in the provision is not called out in the margin of the rulebook for two reasons:

  1. The intent of the provision is not changed; district winners will still be randomly assigned to a semifinal.
  2. This change is a temporary solution. If you have suggestions for how to conduct the semifinals to accommodate for continued district growth, please email them to semifinals@toastmasters.org.



Evaluation Contest Rules 2

C. Contestants may not use digital or other devices during the contest to gain an unfair advantage.


It has been reported that contestants are using digital or other devices during evaluation contests. This practice may provide them with in unfair advantage. The provision has been added to prevent this.



Table Topics Contest Rules 4

4. Contestants may not use digital or other devices during the contest to gain an unfair advantage.


It has been reported that contestants are using digital or other devices during Table Topics contests. This practice may provide them with in unfair advantage. The provision has been added to prevent this.