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Speech Contests

Each year, Toastmasters throughout District 37 participate in speech contests. Competition begins at the club level and goes all the way to international level. Whether you’re planning a speech contest or competing in one, it may be difficult to know where to begin. We’ve put together this resource guide to help you understand speech contest fundamentals and get organized. For additional assistance, please contact District Contest Chair Katrynah Talbert by email

2020 – International Speech and Table Topics Contest Dates

Club Contest Complete by February 8, 2020

Area Contests to end March 14, 2020

Division Contests to end April 18, 2020

District Contest: Friday May 1, 2020 and Saturday May 2, 2020

How do speech contests work?

The following videos offer fundamental principles to help members understand speech contests.  The first video provides an overview of speech contests and the roles that need to be filled.  The second and third videos are essential for contest judges to review.

What are the rules?

Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.

This booklet contains the rules and standard procedures for conducting the International, Evaluation, Humorous, Table Topics, and Tall Tales speech contests. If you are involved in conducting or competing in a speech contest, please read these rules carefully and follow them. By doing so, you will ensure a fair speech contest and an enjoyable event for everyone.

How do I begin planning my contest?

Following are your key resources for contest planning.

What scripts can the contest master follow?

From excel templates for planning your contests to scripts to follow to know what to say and when to say it, you’ll find it here.

How do I brief the contest participants on the day of the contest?

From excel templates for planning your contests to scripts to follow to know what to say and when to say it, you’ll find it here.

What forms do I need to bring?

Complete digital versions are available for download at no charge on the Toastmasters International website. You may also order hard copy versions for a nominal fee. You must login as a member to the Toastmasters site to order hard copies of the kits.

Trained Judges Database

District 37 requires judges for speech contests to participate in Judges Training. Use the Trained Judges Database to find trained judges in your area. If you are interested in attending judges training or need additional assistance, please contact District Chief Judge Pam Carroll by email.

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