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Speech Contests 

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Speech Contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year, thousands of Toastmasters complete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Table Topics 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 region quarter final level. Following region quarter finals, winners advance to the semi finals 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: -

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


  • Humourous Speech – Contestants present a humourous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body and end), not a monologue (series of one-liners)


  • Evaluation – Contestants observe a five-to-seven-minute speech and then present a two-to-three-minute evaluation of the test speech


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

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