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 two different speech contests for our members during 2018-19. In the Spring, we are holding the Evaluation and International Speech Contests. Club contests should be conducted at the club level in February, 2019. The club winners advance to the Area contests, Area winners to the Division contests, and Division winners compete at the District 101 contests during the Annual Conference. 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!
Area and Division Contest Schedule
Spring 2018 Contests
Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
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
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.
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.