Types of contests

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Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more contests. We encourage District 27 members to step up when it’s contest time. Entering contests is part of the Toastmasters program and offers great benefits, including confidence building.

Here are the types of contests you can participate in as a Toastmaster:

  • International: Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
  • Humorous: Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
  • Evaluation: Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
  • Tall Tales: Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
  • Table Topics: An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
  • Video Speech: A contest for undistricted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.

Competition begins at the club level, and winners advance to the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels—the semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.