Contest Documents

Speech Contests

Speech contests are an integral part of the Toastmasters educational experience. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain “stage-time” speaking experience and “back-stage” leadership experience. And don’t forget the trophies, the certificates, and the effusive “thanks” from the contest chair!


Contestants present a five to seven minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.


Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), 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 the test speech.

Tall Tales

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

Table Topics

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.

Tall Tales and International Speech Contests

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Toastmasters Speech Contest Video Tutorials

Speech Contest Roles

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