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.
Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
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
Begin Your Learning Here:
- How to Conduct Quality Speech Contests
- Speech Contest Frequently Asked Questions
- Contest Rule Book (2022-2023)
- Best Practices for Online Speech Contests
Toastmasters Speech Contest Video Tutorials
Speech Contest Roles
- Contest Chair
- Chief Judge
- Contest Toastmaster
- Ballot Counter
- Contestant Liaison
- Food and Decorations
District 1 Protocol List
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