SPEECH CONTESTS

Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.  Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Table Topics, Tall Tales, and International speech contests.

Competition begins with club contests, and winners continue competing through the area, division, and district levels. Winners of the district-level International Speech Contest proceed to the regional quarterfinals level. Following region quarterfinals, winners advance to the semifinals for a chance to take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.  Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests.


This year, District 13 will be participating in the following contests:

International Contest

  • Contestants present a five-to-seven-minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.

Table Topics

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

Online Speech Contests

All Speech Contests at the Area-, Division-, and District-levels must be conducted online. This applies to all Districts regardless of their local authorities’ restrictions or lack thereof, related to COVID-19. This decision was not made lightly. This decision will ensure a consistent experience for the speech contestants and officials throughout the various levels in all Districts. With contests starting as early as the end of 2020, there is too much uncertainty about the current situation and the Board felt strongly that the burden of this decision should rest with them and not be put upon our District leaders.

Resources for Online Speech Contests

CONTEST MATERIALS

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Club Contests – November 1, 2020 – January 23, 2021
  • Area Online Contests – February 6, 2021 – February 23, 2021 (Area Specific Dates TBA)
  • Division Online Contests – March 13-14, 2021 and March 20-21, 2021 (Division Specific Dates TBA)
  • District Online Contest – April 2021 (District Specific Dates TBA)

CLUB CONTEST DATES

Clubs are encouraged to put contest information on the front page of their club websites to give extra visibility to the contests. Be sure to send winner information to the Area Director.