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 Table Topics 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
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Area A1/A2/A3 Contest
Register
September 30
9:30-1:00pm
Agricultural Commission Conference Room
1432 Abbot Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Area A4 Contest
Register
September 23
11:30-2:15pm
St Philip's Episcopal Church
5271 Scotts Valley Dr
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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Division C
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Division D
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Division E
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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

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.

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.