Contest Resources 

Speech contests challenge Toastmasters to build new skills, increase confidence and learn from the more proficient speakers.

There are four official Toastmasters speech contests held by District 72 each year at Club, Area, Division and District levels:

  • International Speech Contest
  • Humorous Speech Contest
  • Evaluation Contest, and
  • Table Topics Contest.

The Tall Tales Contest is also approved by Toastmasters International but is only run at club level.
Video contests, also approved by Toastmasters International, are not held in District 72. These are only held for undistricted clubs and are not to be confused with online contests.


Contest Details

International Speech Contest
Contestants present a five-to-seven minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest. Winners at district level will be videoed and these videos sent through to regional quarterfinals. Two regional winners go through to the semi-finals at the International Convention, held in August each year. Those who go through to the finals at the Convention must present an entirely new and different speech. 
The Judges Ballot form details the judging criteria for this contest.

Humorous Speech Contest
Contestants present a humorous speech of five-to-seven minutes that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close) and not a monologue (series of one-liners). 
The Judges Ballot form details the judging criteria for this contest.

Evaluation Contest
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech. They then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech, after five minutes of preparation time. 
The Judges Ballot form details the judging criteria for this contest. 
Contestants must only make notes using the Evaluations Contestant Notes sheet

Table Topics Contest
Contestants are all assigned the same table topic which is of a general nature and requires them to give an opinion or conclusion. They then deliver a short, one-to-two minute impromptu speech on the topic. 
The Judges Ballot form details the judging criteria for this contest.

Tall Tales Contest (club only)
Contestants deliver a three-to-five minutes speech which must be of a highly exaggerated or improbable nature, and have a theme or plot.
The Judges Ballot form details the judging criteria for this contest.


Additional documentation
It is essential that anyone involved in running, competing in, or judging a contest is familiar with the Speech Contest Rulebook 2020/21 and Speech Contest FAQS
Each year, some contest rules change. These are detailed in Explanation of 2020/21 Rule Changes
District 72 provides a comprehensive guide on Speech Contest Scripts and contest organisation. This does not replace the official Speech Contest Rulebook.
Other necessary documentation should be downloaded from Toastmasters International. Details of what is required for each contest can be found in the Speech Contest Rulebook 2020/21.


Training Tutorials from Toastmasters International
Speech Contest Training Tutorial 1 - The Contest and Roles 
Speech Contest Training Tutorial 2 - When you're the Judge
Speech Contest Training Tutorial 3 - The Judges Guide and Ballot


Need help?
If you have any questions or need to clarify a contest rule, please contact David O'Brien (D72 Programme Quality Director) or email Toastmasters International direct at speechcontests@toastmasters.org