Speech contests are an optional but important part of the Toastmasters program, providing opprotunities for members to enhance their communication skills and expand the comfort zone outside their club. Toastmasters International provides guidelines on what speech contests can be held and guidelines for holding these contests. The District 32 Council, made up of Club Presidents and VPEs, approved the H.E.T.TT [Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics]  rotating schedule for contests to be held in addition to the International Speech Contest.

District 32 will host Tall Tales Speech Contest for 2024

Click on the contest name below for contest kits.

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

The topic of this impromptu speech is the same for all contestants who only learn about it when they are introduced by the contest chair.

As is always the case, Toastmasters International is the definitive source for all speech contest information. The most current rules and resources can be found on Toastmasters International’s speech contest website. The following resources are provided for quick access for District 32 clubs.

There will be no contests for Areas without an appointed Area Director. See 2023/2024 Leadership for your Area status. 

International Speech Contestant Eligibility: Contestants must have earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 & 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathway learning experience or earned a Distinguished Toastmaster. Click here to see other rulebook changes.

Eight weeks prior to the Area Contest, if an Area has four (4) assigned clubs or fewer in good standing, clubs may submit two (2) contestants to compete in the Area contest.

Divisions with four (4) assigned Areas or fewer (that is every Division in District 32), the two (2) highest-placed available contestants for each Area will advance to the Division contest.

 

Toastmaster International Resources

  • Speech Contest Rulebook [library]
  • Speech Contest Rulebook Changes [pdf]
  • Speech Contest Kits [webpage]
  • Frequently Asked Questions [webpage]
  • Speech Contest Tutorials [webpage]
  • Conducting Quality Contests [PDF]
  • Online and Hybrid Speech Contest Best Practices [PDF]

Club & Member Eligibility

  • To be eligible to compete in any official Toastmasters speech contest, a member must:
    1. Be a paid member of a club in the Area, Division, and District in which they are competing.
    a) The club must also be in good standing. b) A new, dual, or reinstated member must have dues and membership application current with World Headquarters.
    2. Maintain eligibility at all levels of any contest. If at any level it is determined that a contestant was ineligible to compete at any previous level, the contestant must be disqualified. This disqualification must occur even if the ineligibility is discovered at a later level and has been corrected.
  • International Speech Contestant must have earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 & 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathway learning experience or earned a Distinguished Toastmaster.

D32 International & Evaluation Contests dates:

  • Area Contest Deadline: Feb 29, 2024
  • Division Contests Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • District Contests: TBA

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