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 five contests.

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®.

2016 Speech Contest Rulebook

International

Contest

International Contest

Contestants present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.

Humorous

Contest

Humorous Contest

Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

Evaluation

Contest

Evaluation Contest

Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.

Table Topics

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Table Topics Contest

An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair.

Tall Tales

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Tall Tales Contest

Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.

2016 World Champion of Public Speaking, Darren Tay Wen Jie, “Outsmart; Outlast.”

Darren Tay, winner of the 2016 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, is a 27-year-old lawyer from Singapore. Darren is also the first South East Asian and Chinese to win the prestigious global award.

2015 World Champion of Public Speaking: “The Power of Words,”  Mohammed Qahtani, Toastmasters International