Speech contest challenge members to build new skills, increase confidence and learn from the more proficient speakers.
For a list of any upcoming contest workshops, see the District Calendar.
There are four official Toastmasters speech contests held by District 72 each year at Club, Area, Division and District level:
- International Speech Contest
- Humorous Speech Contest
- Evaluation Contest, and
- Table Topics Contest
The Tall Tales Contest is 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 held for undistricted club and are not to be confused with online contests.
International Speech Contest
Contestant present a 5 to 7 minute speech on any subject they choose. All district must conduct this contest. Winners at district level will be videoed and these videos sent through to regional quarter-finals. Two regional winners go through to the semi-finals at the International Convention, held in August each year. Those who go through to he finals at the Convention must present an entirely new speech.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Conducting Online Contests. (Neither replace the official Speech Contest Rulebook)
From Toastmasters International, there is;
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 email@example.com