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 Table Topics and International Speech Contest Finals will be held at the District 101 Spring Conference.

Area and Division Contest Schedule

Division A
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division A ContestApril 22
12:00-3:00pm
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Conference Room)
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Area A1/A2/A3 ContestMarch 25
11:30-3:00pm
Agricultural Commission Conference Room
1432 Abbot Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Area A4/A5 ContestMarch 11
11:00-3:00pm
St Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church
5271 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Division B
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division B ContestApril 27
6:00-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 Logic Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B1 ContestMarch 20
6:00-9:00pm
HGST Western Digital
5601 Great Oaks Parkway. Bldg 55
San Jose, 95119
Area B2 ContestMarch 23
6:00-9:00pm
Santa Clara Water District, Board Room
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
Area B3 ContestApril 4
6:00-9:00pm
Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Area B4 ContestMarch 21
6:00-9:00pm
Sunny View Retirement Community Center
22445 Cupertino Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Area B5 ContestMarch 22
6:00-9:00pm
Adobe
345 Park Ave
San Jose, CA 95110
Division C
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division C ContestApril 26
5:45-9:30pm
PayPal Town Hall
2161 N 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95131
Area C1 ContestMarch 23
5:45-9:00pm
Lumentum, Learning Center B
460 N. McCarthy Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Area C2 ContestMarch 7
6:00-9:00pm
ALTERA - INTEL
101 Innovation Drive, Building 1, Room 1123
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C3 ContestMarch 29
6:00-9:00pm
Cisco Systems Building 22
821 Alder Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
Area C4 ContestApril 6
6:00-9:00pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Auditorium)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C5 ContestMarch 16
6:00-9:00pm
eBay Inc. Building L4
2515 N. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95131
Division D
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division D ContestApril 19
5:45-9:15pm
NVIDIA
2800 Scott Boulevard
Santa Clara, 95050
Area D1 ContestMarch 15
6:00-8:45pm
ITU (International Technological University)
2711 N 1st St
San Jose, CA 95134
Area D2 ContestApril 12
5:45-9:00pm
Arista Networks
5453 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D3 ContestMarch 30
5:30-8:30pm
Spectra-Physics
3635 Peterson Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D4 ContestMarch 23
5:30-8:30pm
Intel Security
2821 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D5 ContestMarch 16
6:00-9:00pm
Service Now
2225 Lawson Lane, Building A
Santa Clara, 95054
Division E
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division E ContestApril 13
5:45-9:30pm
NetApp (Building 1)
1270 Crossman Avenue
Sunnyvale, 94089
Area E1 ContestMarch 21
5:30-9:00pm
Spectra-Physics
3635 Peterson Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area E2 ContestMarch 15
5:30-8:00pm
Apple (4 Infinite Loop)
4 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
Area E3 ContestMarch 16
5:30-9:00pm
Intuitive Surgical
1020 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Area E4 ContestMarch 28
5:45-9:30pm
Infinera Corp.
220 Humboldt Ct
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area E5 ContestMarch 22
5:30-9:00pm
AMD Commons
991 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Division G
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division G ContestApril 25
6:00-9:00pm
Synopsys Building 1
445 N. Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area G1 ContestApril 6
5:30-9:00pm
Mountain View Community Center
201 South Rengstorff Avenue
Mountain View, CA
Area G2 ContestMarch 14
5:45-9:00pm
Juniper Networks - Building A
1133 Innovation Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G3 ContestMarch 30
5:30-8:30pm
LinkedIn - 755
755 North Mathilda
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area G4 ContestMarch 23
5:30-8:30pm
Comcast
1050 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G5 ContestMarch 22
5:30-8:30pm
Microsemi
1380 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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.

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.