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, the District 32 Council, made up of Club Presidents and VPEs, selects which contests to be held during the year.
With the elimination of all Fall Conferences, last April 2018, our D32 District Council voted to not hold the Humorous Speech Contest, Table Topics Contest and Tall Tales Contests this fall. We will hold only the Evaluation Contest and International Speech Contest in the spring.
As is always the case, Toastmasters International is the definitive source for all speech contests information. 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.
International & Evaluation Contests:
- Clubs: 3/1 - 3/22/2019
- Areas: 3/22 - 4/4/2019
- Divisions: 4/5 - 4/15/2019
- District: Tentative dates 5/3 - 5/5/2019 (Anchorage, AK)
Member Dues Sent to TI Before:
- Fall: 10/1/2018
- Spring: 4/1/2019
Officer Training Completed by:
- Summer: 8/31/2018
- Winter: 2/28/2019
Area Director Visits Complete by:
- Fall: 11/30/2018
- Spring: 5/31/2019
Official TI Contest Descriptions:
Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Kyle Hall’s Suggested Resources
The following resources are curated by Kyle Hall, District 32 Director for 2018/19.
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 Chief Judges:
- Judge’s Certification of Eligibility and Code of Ethics
- Humorous Speech Contest Judge’s Guide and Ballot
- Humorous Speech Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot
- Table Topics Contest Judge’s Guide And Ballot
- Table Topics Contest Tiebreaking Judge’s Guide and Ballot
- Contest Results Form – Filled out to inform Contest Toastmaster and Contest Chair of Winners
For Ballot Counters:
For Contest Chairs:
- Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality – All speakers have to fill out one of these BEFORE the contest
- Speech Contest Certificates
- Notification of Contest Winner – Used to send winner info on to the next level of competition
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.
- 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!