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 introduce new people to Toastmasters, hold a special event for your club, and develop organizational skills along the way.

District 101 offers two different speech contests for our members during 2018-19. Club contests should be conducted at the club level in February. 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 will have their recorded speech judged at the Quarterfinals. Those winners will advance to give their speech live for the Semifinals at the Toastmasters International Convention in August.

Challenge yourself and others in your club and participate in the speech and evaluation contests. You’ll be glad you did!

2019 Contests

Evaluation

Contestants observe a five-to-seven minute “test speech” and then present a two-to-three minute evaluation of that test speech.

International Speech

Contestants present a five-to-seven minute speech on any subject they choose. The International Speech contest has three levels of competition beyond the District Contest: the Quarterfinals (video record of the District speech), the Semifinals and the World Championship of Public Speaking®, the latter of which occur at the Toastmasters International Convention.

District 101 Contest Finals

The District 101 Evaluation and International Speech Contest Finals will be held on May 18, 2019 at the District 101 Annual Conference.

Recent winners:

International:
2018 Gopi Kallayil, I’m Feeling Chatty
Tall Tales:
2018 Andy Keates, TGIF Management

Past winners

Area and Division Contest Schedule

Division A
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division A Contest
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April 20
9:30-2:00pm
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust (Kathleen A King Community Room)
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Area A1/A2/A3 Contest
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March 30
9:30-2:00pm
Monterey County Agricultural Center
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Area A4/A5 Contest
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March 23
9:30-2:00pm
Live Oak Senior Center
1777 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Division B
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division B Contest
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April 23
5:45-9:15pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 All Programmable Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B1 Contest
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March 21
6:00-9:00pm
Western Digital (Building 055 Cafeteria)
5601 Great Oaks Parkway
San Jose, CA 95119
Area B2 Contest
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March 19
5:30-9:00pm
Xilinx Building 4
2050 All Programmable Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
Area B3 Contest
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March 13
5:30-8:30pm
Adobe Systems - Almaden Tower, Aberdeen Conference Room
151 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113
Area B4 Contest
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March 20
5:30-9:00pm
Apple (4 Infinite Loop)
4 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
Area B5 Contest
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March 23
11:30-2:30pm
Big Basin Toastmasters
14376 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Area B6 Contest
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March 22
6:00-9:00pm
Calabazas Branch Library
1230 S Blaney Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
Division C
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division C Contest
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April 16
5:45-9:15pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Pebble Beach)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C1 Contest
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March 13
5:30-8:30pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Pebble Beach)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C2 Contest
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March 8
6:00-9:00pm
Broadcom-Orators Toastmasters Club
280 Innovation Drive
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C3 Contest
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March 26
5:30-8:30pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Pebble Beach)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Area C4 Contest
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March 27
6:00-9:00pm
BD Biosciences
2350 Qume Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Area C5 Contest
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March 20
5:30-8:30pm
Cadence Design Systems (Building 10 Pebble Beach)
2655 Seely Avenue
San Jose, CA 95134
Division D
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division D Contest
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April 18
5:45-9:15pm
Palo Alto Networks
3000 Tannery Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D1 Contest
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March 14
6:00-9:00pm
Cisco Systems Building 22
821 Alder Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
Area D2 Contest
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March 19
5:30-9:00pm
Akamai - Arcade Cafe
3355 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area D3 Contest
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March 21
6:00-9:00pm
NVIDIA - 2770 Scott Blvd
2770 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Area D4 Contest
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March 15
6:00-9:00pm
Santa Clara University (Lucas Hall)
738 Franklin Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Area D5 Contest
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March 28
5:30-8:30pm
Palo Alto Networks
3000 Tannery Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Division E
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division E Contest
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April 17
5:30-9:15pm
LinkedIn Building 2 (LMVC)
700 E Middlefield Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
Area E1 Contest
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March 17
10:30-1:00pm
Murphy Park Meeting Hall
250 North Sunnyvale Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Area E2 Contest
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March 28
5:30-8:15pm
Pharmacyclics - 999 E. Arques
999 E. Arques Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area E3 Contest
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March 20
5:30-8:15pm
Intuitive Surgical
1020 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Area E4 Contest
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March 14
5:30-9:00pm
NetApp (Building 3)
1345 Crossman Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area E5 Contest
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March 20
5:45-9:30pm
Arista Networks
5453 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Division G
Area/DivisionWhenWhere
Division G Contest
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April 24
5:30-9:30pm
LinkedIn - 950 W Maude
950 W Maude Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Area G1 Contest
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April 8
5:30-9:30pm
SAP Labs Building 4
3450 Hillview Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Area G2 Contest
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March 25
5:30-9:30pm
Amazon Lab126
1120 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G3 Contest
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April 3
5:30-9:00pm
Microchip
1380 Bordeaux Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Area G4 Contest
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April 2
5:45-8:30pm
Google Building LMK2
1883 Landings Drive
Mountain View, CA
Area G5 Contest
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March 27
6:00-9:00pm
LinkedIn - 950 W Maude
950 W Maude Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Other Possible Contests

Humorous

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and closing), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

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.

Tall Tales

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.