Speech Contests

They are a Toastmasters tradition.

Each year, thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics, and International Speech contests.

Competition begins with club contests. Winners continue competing through the area, division, district, and even international levels.

Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:

Evaluation Contest

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech. Evaluation Contest Kit (Item 1169E)

Humorous Contest

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners). Humorous Contest Kit (Item 1169H)

International Contest

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 compared to all the other contests — the semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.    International Contest Kit (Item 1169)

Table Topics Contest

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair. Table Topics Contest Kit (Item 1169H)

Tall Tales Contest

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot. Tall Tales Contest Kit (Item 1169TT)