Contests

30,000 Members!

That’s how many members participate in speech contests all around the world in Toastmasters.

Participating in Speech Contests provides you with an opportunity to grow as a communicator by challenging you to step up every aspect of your skills. It gives you an opportunity to hone your speaking skills to a greater degree and receive recognition in front of new audiences beyond your club. It’s also a chance to earn manual credits, introduce new people to Toastmasters, and hold a special event for your club.

District 101 offers four different speech contests for our members during 2017-18. The Fall brought the Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests, and in the Spring, we are holding Tall Tales and International Speech contests. Club contests were held in August, 2017, and February, 2018, at the club level. The club winners advance to the Area contests, Area winners to the Division contests, and Division winners compete at the District 101 contests. The winner of the International Speech contest at the District level competes at the Toastmasters International Convention.

Challenge yourself and others in your club and participate in the speech and evaluation contests. You’ll be glad you did!

District 101 Contest Finals

The District 101 Tall Tales and International Speech Contest Finals was held on May 19, at the District 101 Annual Conference.

International:

2018 Gopi Kallayil, I’m Feeling Chatty
Tall Tales:

2018 Andy Keates, TGIF Management

Past winners
 

Area and Division Contest Schedule

Division A
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division A ContestApril 21
10:30-3:00pm
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Conference Room)
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Area A1/A2/A3 ContestMarch 31
9:30-12:30pm
Agricultural Commission Conference Room
1432 Abbot Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Area A4/A5 ContestMarch 10
10:00-1:00pm
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Conference Room)
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Division B
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division B ContestApril 12
5:30-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 All Programmable Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B1 ContestMarch 31
10:00-1:00pm
Morgan Hill School District
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill, CA 95037-3629
Area B2 ContestMarch 13
6:00-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 All Programmable Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B3 ContestMarch 19
5:45-8:45pm
Alain Pinel Realtors Training Center
12820 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070
Area B4 ContestMarch 26
5:45-9:00pm
Saratoga Federated Community Center
14376 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, 95070
Area B5 ContestMarch 28
6:00-9:00pm
Oak Grove Baptist Church
479 Blossom Hill
San Jose, 95123
Area B6 ContestMarch 29
6:00-8:40pm
Quinlan Community Center
10185 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
Division C
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division C ContestApril 18
5:30-9:00pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Auditorium)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C1 ContestApril 10
6:00-9:00pm
International Technological University
2711 N 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C2 ContestMarch 27
5:30-8:30pm
Intel (Formerly Altera) Building 3, Room 3171
131 Innovation Drive
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C3 ContestMarch 26
5:30-8:30pm
KLA-Tencor Corporation
1 Technology Dr,
Milpitas, 95035
Area C4 ContestMarch 22
6:00-9:00pm
BD Biosciences
2350 Qume Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Area C5 ContestMarch 29
5:30-8:30pm
ITU (International Technological University)
2711 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C6 ContestMarch 21
6:00-9:00pm
Lumentum, Learning Center B
460 N. McCarthy Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Division D
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division D ContestApril 24
5:30-9:30pm
NVIDIA HQ
2788 San Tomas Expressway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Area D1 ContestMarch 28
6:30-9:00pm
Cisco Systems Building 22
821 Alder Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
Area D2 ContestMarch 29
5:00-9:30pm
Akamai - Arcade Cafe
3355 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D3 ContestApril 4
6:00-8:45pm
NVIDIA HQ
2788 San Tomas Expressway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Area D4 ContestMarch 23
5:30-8:30pm
Santa Clara University (Lucas Hall)
738 Franklin Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Area D5 ContestMarch 29
5:00-9:30pm
Akamai - Arcade Cafe
3355 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Division E
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division E ContestApril 19
5:30-9:30pm
Pharmacyclics
968 Stewart Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area E1 ContestMarch 28
5:30-8:30pm
McAfee
2821 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area E2 ContestMarch 26
5:30-8:30pm
LinkedIn Building 4 (LMVE)
700 E Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area E3 ContestApril 3
5:30-9:00pm
Arista Networks
5453 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area E4 ContestMarch 22
5:30-8:30pm
Intuitive Surgical
1020 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Area E5 ContestMarch 21
5:30-8:30pm
McAfee
2821 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Division G
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division G ContestApril 25
5:45-9:00pm
Samsung Research America
665 Clyde Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area G1 ContestMarch 27
6:00-8:30pm
Google Tech Corners TC6
815 11th Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G2 ContestMarch 21
6:30-9:00pm
Amazon Lab126
1120 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G3 ContestMarch 20
6:00-9:00pm
Google Building 1950
1950 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA 940403
Area G4 ContestApril 3
6:00-9:00pm
LinkedIn - 605 West Maude Avenue
605 West Maude Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
Area G5 ContestMarch 28
6:00-9:00pm
Microsemi
1380 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Spring 2018 Contests

Tall Tales

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

International Speech

Contestants present a five-to-seven minute speech on any subject they choose. The International Speech contest has two levels of competition beyond the District Contest: the semi-final and the World Championship of Public Speaking®, both of which occur at the Toastmasters International Convention.

Other Possible Contests

Humorous

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and closing), 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 that test speech.

Table Topics

Contestants give a one-to-two minute impromptu speech based on a topic given to them when the contest chair introduces them. All contestants receive the same topic.