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Contests 101

Speech Contest Rule Book (2017-2018)
Toastmasters International FAQ
Contest resources
Common mistakes in contest planning
Buy speech contest kits

So, why enter a Toastmasters contest? It’s easy to say, “Why not.” But let’s go further with these tips:

Practice. Few people get anywhere because they have instinctual powers that cause them to be great. Great people plan, greater people practice. Entering a contest gives you that practice. Just think about what basketball superstar Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Empowerment. If your eye on the prize is merely winning the club contest, that’s perfectly fine. But how will you feel as you advance through the ranks, winning at the area, division and district level suddenly to find yourself competing on the international level? We hope pretty good. Whether your goals are a step at a time or a far-reaching goal with small incremental steps, that is progress.

Speech contest illustrationSelf-satisfaction. There are so many things we do in live because it is what is expected. Enter a contest for reasons that only you can define. Maybe you want to overcome a fear. Maybe you’re not a competitive person so competing alone is a challenge. Whatever your reason, you will succeed whether you win or lose because you do it for yourself.

Read about the contest results from the 2017 District 27 Spring Conference.