Speech Contests and District 26
Speech Contests are one of the many ways toastmasters can grow and perfect both speaking and leadership skills. Contests are conducted in a safe, fair environment that encourages speaking and leadership growth.
Empower Your Speaking
Participating as a contestant in a contest can take your speaking skills up a notch and help you overcome some of those speaking fears. There are four types of Contests that require speakers:
- International Speech
- Table Topics
- Humorous Speech
- Tall Tales
There are additional roles at contests to practice your speaking:
- Chief Judge
- Sergeant at Arms
Empower Your Leadership
Every part of a contest requires volunteers filling key roles. These volunteers have responsibilities per Toastmasters International Rules and Regulations for conducting a fair contest. Learning about and executing these roles while working with others helps strengthen Leadership skills. Below is a list of some contest roles.
- Contest Chair: Oversees all aspects of the contest, briefs Contestants.
- Chief Judge: Briefs Judges, assigns tie-breaking Judge and ensures ballot counting is handled correctly.
- Toastmasters: Makes sure contest is running per Toastmaster International.
Judges *: Go through on-line training, listen carefully and rate contestants without bias.
- Ballot Counters: Collect and count Judges ballots.
- Timers: Notes each contestant’s time as well as judging times.
- Sergeant at Arms: Ensures contest starts on time, prepares speakers props, escorts contestants as needed, ensures no interruptions are made during contest.
- Snack/Food Chair: Coordinates food and beverages for contest.
Each contest has multiple opportunities to expand your skills. If you would like to learn more about contests or are planning a contest, follow the links below for additional information or contact the Program Quality Director.
* District 26 asks that all Judges complete Judges training either online or in person. You are encourages to take the online training or attend a TLI training when offered so you are prepared if asked to be a judge. This training enhances your skills, keeps you up to date on new rules and adds to the credibility of contests at all levels.