In District 4, two series of contests are held each fall and each spring. Members may compete in the Evaluation Contest or the Humorous Speech Contest in the fall and in the Tall Tales Contest or the International Speech Contest in the spring.
The purpose of a speech contest is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities, to recognize individual Toastmasters as an encouragement to all, and to provide an opportunity for all Toastmasters to learn by observing speakers who have benefited from their Toastmasters training. Each contest focuses on a particular set of skills, providing a terrific opportunity to learn about a specific area of communication. The different types of contests conducted in District 4 are summarized below.
Each of these contests begins with competitions at the club level. Club winners compete at the local Area Contest. Area Contest winners compete at the local Division Contests. Division Contest winners compete at the District Conference. District International Speech contest winners go on to represent the District at the International semi-final level.
In general, to be eligible for any contest, a contestant must be a member in good standing of a club in good standing (dues current). If a member belongs to more than one club, the member may enter the club contest for each club where he/she maintains good standing. However, a contestant may not represent more than one club at the Area level, even if the clubs are in different Areas or Divisions. District officers may not compete in any contest.
For the International Speech Contest, the contestant must have completed six speech projects from the basic Communication and Leadership Program manual.
See the Speech Contest Rulebook for complete eligibility requirements. An updated copy of the rulebook is sent to clubs each year. If you are unable to locate your club's, one may be downloaded from the Toastmaster International website Speech Contest information page.
The following chart summarizes some of the details about the contests held in District 4. For more information, contact your club's VP Education or the District Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training ( ).
|Description||Original humorous speech with theme (no acting or monologue)||Evaluation of test speaker||Original speech, any subject||Highly exaggerated, improbable nature with a theme or plot (may use humor and props)|
|Duration||5 - 7 minutes||2 - 3 minutes||5 - 7 minutes||3 - 5 minutes|
|Eligibility Requirements||Standard||Standard||Standard plus complete 6 speeches from Competent Communicator manual||Standard|