Speech Contests

Speech contests are an optional but important part of the Toastmasters program.  Toastmasters International provides guidelines on what speech contests can be held and guidelines for holding these contests.  With the exception of the International Speech Contest which must be conducted each spring, District 32 selects 1-2 of the approved contests to be held in the fall and again in the spring.  As is always the case, Toastmasters International is the definitive source for our speech contests and the most current rules and resources can be found on their speech contest website.   The following resources are provided for quick access for District 32 clubs.

Helpful Resources

  • 2017/18 Speech Contest Rulebook [PDF]
  • Frequently Asked Questions [webpage]
  • Speech Contest Tutorials [webpage]
  • Conducting Quality Contests [PDF]

TI Speech Contest Kits

Date Reminders


International & Evaluation Contests:

  • Clubs: 2/19 - 3/2/2018
  • Areas: 3/2 - 3/15/2018
  • Divisions: 3/16 - 3/25/2018
  • District: 4/13 - 4/15/2018 (Bremerton, WA)

Member Dues Sent to TI Before:

  • Fall: 10/1/2017
  • Spring: 4/1/2018

Officer Training Completed by:

  • Summer: 8/31/2017
  • Winter: 2/28/2018

Area Director Visits Complete by:

  • Fall: 11/30/2017
  • Spring: 5/31/2018

Kyle Hall’s Suggested Resources

The following resources are curated by Kyle Hall, District 32 Program Quality Director for 2017/18.

Resource for Planning a Contest

  • Kyle Hall’s Contest Planning made Simple and Sane [YouTube]
  • Kyle Hall’s Contest Planning made Simple and Sane [Handout]
  • Kyle Hall’s Contest Planning [Google Sheet]

Free Downloadable TI Contest Forms

All the forms below are available for purchase, but if you go to the page and look at the bottom, you’ll find an “available as a digital file” link. Click on it. You can download and print the file for free.

  • Speech Contest Rulebook – Download and read this. Everyone should read it once.
  • Humorous Speech Contest Kit – This is a ZIP file. It has all the forms referenced below. If you know how to unzip a file, download this and skip the form links below.
  • Table Topics Speech Contest Kit – This is a ZIP file. It has all the forms referenced below. If you know how to unzip a file, download this and skip the form links below.

For Timers

For Chief Judges:

For Ballot Counters:

For Contest Chairs:

For Contest Toastmaster

  • Speech Contestant Profile – These are helpful for contestant interviews. They should be given to the Contest Chair at the end of the contest.

Downloadable Contest Scripts

These are not the world’s best scripts, but they can be useful. I usually print off only the pages I want, then cross out stuff I don’t need, so I can focus on only the stuff I do need. There are other scripts on the internet available for download if you wish to look. If one of you has a better script, please share it with us.

Downloadable Checklists

  • Contest Checklists – Doesn’t have Tall Tales, which doesn’t affect us this year, but will next year.

That’s it for now. I hope these notes and links are useful to you.

Thank you for your service and have some fun contests!
— Kyle

Official TI Contest Descriptions:

International

Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.

Humorous

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

Evaluation

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.

Tall Tales

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.

Table Topics

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.

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