Speech contests 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 and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:
Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
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®.