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.
2022: Evaluation and International Speech Contests
Begin Your Learning Here:
- How to Conduct Quality Speech Contests
- Speech Contest Frequently Asked Questions
- Contest Rule Book (2021-2022)
Toastmasters Speech Contest Video Tutorials
Speech Contest Roles
- Contest Chair
- Chief Judge
- Contest Toastmaster
- Ballot Counter
- Contestant Liaison
- Food and Decorations