**Please note – contest information and resources are currently being updated**
Resources to ensure the successful running of a Speech Contest
Organising a Speech Contest
The first step in organising a Speech Contest is to refer to the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook. The rulebook covers the four contests in District 70 –
- The International Speech Contest
- The Evaluation Contest
- The Humorous Speech Contest
- The Table Topics Contest
Every club should have a TI Speech Contest Rulebook included with their Club resource materials.
The second step is to determine what roles need to be filled for the contest.
Every contest requires a contest chair, chief judge, judges, a tiebreaking judge, counters and timers. The contest chair may appoint a contest toastmaster for the contest itself. Both the Evaluation and Table Topics contests require at least two Sergeants-At-Arms.
The Speech Contest Rulebook explains these roles.
The third step is to ensure you have all the documents required to run a speech contest.
Full digital contest kits are available from Toastmasters International for the:
You will need the following,
- Briefing notes for Chief Judges
- Briefing notes for Contest Chairman – International Speech Contest, Evaluation Contest, Humorous Contest, Table Topics Contest
Plus the following, all available from Toastmasters Supplies Australia. You can purchase a contest kit from there, which includes all the certificates and forms you need. In addition, the documents can be downloaded for free by Toastmasters members.
- Contest Speaker Biographical Information Sheet
- Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality
- Counters Tally Sheet
- Timers Record Sheet
- Judge’s Guide and Ballot (International, Humorous, Table Topics, Evaluation)
- Tie Breaking Judge’s Ballot (International, Humorous, Table Topics, Evaluation)
- Contest Winner Notification Sheet
- First, Second and Third Place and Participation certificates and ribbons
- Personal trophies
Other Contest Support Material
A full list of frequently asked questions about speech contests and eligibility is available at speech contest FAQs
Tips for running a successful Area/Division Speech Contest – Notes from an educational session that cover the key little points that are not included in the TI publications
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