Speech Contests for 2022-23
District 100 Contests 2022-23
In 2022-23, District 100 will be conducting two speech contests. Members will have the opportunity compete in the International Speech Contest and Tall Tales Contest.
* DISTRICT CONTEST - HYBRID - SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
** District Contest is subject to change. Please keep up-to-date by reading this page!
District Contest Schedules & Official Links to Register
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. Winners of the District level International Speech Contest proceed to the region quarterfinals level. Following region quarterfinals, winners advance to the semi-finals for a chance to take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
Each year, more than 30,000 Toastmasters compete in one or more of the following contests:
International Speech Contest:
Contestants present a five-to-seven-minute speech on any subject they choose.
Please note that all Districts are required to hold the International Speech Contest.
Humorous Speech Contest:
Contestants present a five-to-seven-minute 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 (from a test speaker) and then present a two-to-three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Tall Tales Contest:
Contestants present a three-to-five-minute speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.
Table Topics Contest:
An impromptu speech of one-to-two-minutes, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.
Video Speech Contest:
A contest for Undistricted clubs and provisional districts that follows the International Speech Contest rules. This contest does not advance beyond the club.
Please note that District 100 is not eligible to compete in the Video Speech Contest.
Eligibility Requirements - International Speech Contest
** IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ **
To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest for the 2022-23 Toastmasters fiscal year, a member must have earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 and 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience OR earned a Distinguished Toastmaster award prior to the club contest that they will be competing in.
However, a charter member of a club chartered less than one (1) year before the club contest is permitted to compete without having completed this requirement. The club must have been officially chartered before the Area Contest.
Speech Contests FAQ
We encourage ALL members of District 100 to read in details the Speech Contest FAQ on the Toastmasters International website. Please click here for more information. If you would like further information, please contact the District 100 Program Quality Director, Alicia Curtis, DTM, and District 100 Chief Judge, Dr. Michael Alexander, DTM by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Speech Contest Resources
Speech Contest Videos
2022 Toastmasters WCPS
Cyril Junior Dim
What is a Tall Tale?
Courtesy of xBeau Gaming
Tall Tales Winning Strategies
Courtesy of District 38
Terry Mayfield Tall Tales
Courtesy of District 52
2015 District 96 Tall Tales Champion, Stefano Cossalter
Courtesy of Stefano Cossalter
How to give a Tall Tale speech
Courtesy of HKUST Toastmasters
2013 District 52 Tall Tales Champion, Melissa Randall
Courtesy of Melissa Randall