District 54 will be conducting the Humorous Speech Contest and the International Speech Contest in 2023. This is a great opportunity for members of our clubs to showcase the best speakers as they compete, starting at the club level.
To be eligible to compete, a member must be a paid member of a club in the Area, Division, and District in which they are competing, and the club must be in good standing (minimum of 8 paid members). For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must also have completed Levels 1 and 2 in a Path or have earned a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award.
The Humorous Speech contestant selects their own humorous speech topic. The 5 to 7 minute speech should be humorous and must avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material. The speech must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners). The contestant for the 5 to 7 minute International Speech Contest also selects their own speech topic.
Contest schedules and additional information is listed below, including the official Contest Rulebook.
Must complete by February 11, 2023
Must complete by March 4, 2023
Must complete by March 25, 2023
Tentative dates: April 21 & 22, 2023 subject to change
All the forms you need for any of the speech contests are right here at your fingertips! The below link goes to the TI website, where you can select and download the desired contest kit.
This rulebook contains contest rules and checklists for the Contest Chair, Chief Judge and Contestant.
Review this guide from the Toastmasters International website to help ensure you conduct a quality online or hybrid speech contest for your club, area, or division.
This document is step by step plan for speech contests including before, during and after the event. It also includes guides for briefing contestants, judges and other functionaries, as well as tips for virtual contests.
Noel Ganay conducted a webinar to help clubs understand how to conduct a quality speech contest. The PowerPoint he used in the webinar can be dowloaded below.
Contest timers can use these virtual backgrounds, which have not only the colors, but also the words in large letters.
Minute of Silence, Pin the Timer and Stretch Break backgrounds are also available below
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