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 Table Topics and International Speech Contest Finals will be held at the District 101 Spring Conference.
Area and Division Contest Schedule
|Area B4 Contest|
|Sunny View Retirement Community Center|
22445 Cupertino Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
|Area C2 Contest|
|ALTERA - INTEL|
101 Innovation Drive, Building 1, Room 1123
San Jose, CA 95134
|Area C5 Contest|
|eBay Inc. Building L4|
2515 N. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95131
|Area E2 Contest|
|Apple (4 Infinite Loop)|
4 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
|Area E3 Contest|
1020 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
|Area G2 Contest|
|Juniper Networks - Building A|
1133 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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.
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.
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and closing), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Contestants observe a five-to-seven minute “test speech” and then present a two-to-three minute evaluation of that test speech.