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: In the Fall, we have Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests, and in the Spring, we hold Tall Tales and International Speech contests. Club contests are held in August and February respectively at the club level. The winners advance to the Area contests, Area winners to the Division contests and Division winners compete at the District 101 Fall and Spring 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 Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contest Finals will be held at the District 101 Fall Conference.

Area and Division Contest Schedule

Division A
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division A ContestOctober 21
11:00-3:00pm
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Conference Room)
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Area A1/A2/A3 ContestSeptember 30
9:30-1:00pm
Agricultural Commission Conference Room
1432 Abbot Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Area A4/A5 ContestSeptember 23
11:30-2:15pm
St Philip's Episcopal Church
5271 Scotts Valley Dr
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Division B
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division B ContestOctober 18
5:45-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 Logic Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B1 ContestSeptember 25
6:00-9:00pm
Santa Clara Water District, Board Room
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
Area B2 ContestSeptember 27
6:00-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 Logic Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B3 ContestSeptember 28
6:00-9:00pm
Sunny View Retirement Community Center
22445 Cupertino Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Area B4 ContestSeptember 19
5:45-8:30pm
Saratoga Library Community Room
13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Area B5 ContestSeptember 26
6:00-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 Logic Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B6 ContestOctober 2
6:00-9:00pm
Elks Club (Willow Room)
444 West Alma Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
Division C
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division C ContestOctober 19
5:30-9:00pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Auditorium)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C1 ContestSeptember 28
6:00-9:00pm
International Technological University
2711 N 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C2 ContestSeptember 20
5:30-8:30pm
Intel (Formerly Altera) Building 3, Room 3171
131 Innovation Drive
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C3 ContestSeptember 25
5:30-8:30pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Auditorium)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C4 ContestSeptember 26
6:00-9:00pm
BD Biosciences
2350 Qume Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Area C5 ContestSeptember 27
5:30-9:00pm
International Technological University
2711 N 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C6 ContestSeptember 21
5:45-9:00pm
Lumentum, Learning Center B
460 N. McCarthy Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Division D
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division D ContestOctober 11
5:30-9:30pm
Intel Building SC9
2200 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D1 ContestSeptember 20
6:00-8:45pm
Microsemi (San Jose)
3870 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134
Area D2 ContestSeptember 27
6:00-9:00pm
Microsemi (San Jose)
3870 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134
Area D3 ContestSeptember 21
6:00-8:30pm
Intel Building SC9
2200 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D4 ContestSeptember 29
5:30-8:30pm
Santa Clara University (Lucas Hall)
738 Franklin Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Area D5 ContestSeptember 25
6:00-9:00pm
Akamai - Arcade Cafe
3355 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Division E
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division E ContestOctober 20
5:30-9:30pm
AMD Commons
991 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area E1 ContestSeptember 18
5:30-8:30pm
McAfee
2821 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area E2 ContestSeptember 29
5:30-8:30pm
LinkedIn Building 4 (LMVE)
700 E Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area E3 ContestSeptember 26
5:30-8:30pm
Arista Networks
5453 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area E4 ContestSeptember 27
5:30-8:30pm
Infinera Corp.
220 Humboldt Ct
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area E5 ContestSeptember 20
5:30-8:30pm
Pharmacyclics
999 E Arques Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Division G
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division G ContestOctober 17
6:00-9:30pm
Intuit Building 6
2750 Coast Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area G1 ContestSeptember 21
5:45-8:30pm
Google Building MAT1
1184 N Matilda Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G2 ContestSeptember 26
6:00-9:00pm
Juniper Networks - Building A
1137 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G3 ContestSeptember 19
6:00-9:00pm
Google Building 1950
1950 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA 940403
Area G4 ContestSeptember 28
6:00-9:00pm
Samsung Research America
665 Clyde Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area G5 ContestSeptember 20
5:45-8:30pm
Microsemi
1380 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Fall 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.

Spring 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.