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Know the Rules

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Speech contests are a memorable part of the Toastmasters experience. Not only are they exciting and fun, but they’re also a great opportunity to improve your skills (by competing, serving as a contest official, or attending and watching the participating speakers). The rewards of the contest experience stretch far beyond whether you win a trophy or not.

Before you sign up, take a look at the Toastmasters Speech Contest Rulebook to learn the basics. (Failing to follow the rules could get you disqualified from a contest.) Even if you’ve competed numerous times, it’s a good idea to brush up on the rules and review recent updates. You can download the 2019-2020 Speech Contest Rulebook. Click here to learn more about Toastmasters speech contests.

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