Primary Contact
Steve Blake

Here are some resources for organizing and conducting a successful contest in an efficient way. If you have any questions or comments on the resources provided here, please contact District Contest Coordinator Steve Blake at

Speech Contest Resources

Contest Rulebook


Official 2015-2016 Contest Rulebook from Toastmasters International

- Annual Speech Contest Rulebook Changes

- Guidance on Delegation of Contest Tasks *updated 7/21/15

Contest Chair Resources

Dignitary List - 2015-2016 * updated 10/29/15

List is updated periodically during contest season


Contest Chair Checklist *updated 7/20/15

Contest Chair Briefing *updated 7/12/15

Contest Roles & Responsibilities *updated 7/19/15

Contest Picture Guidelines * updated 7/12/15



- Tall Tales and International Speech Contest (Spring even-numbered years) *updated 7/22/15
- Humorous and Speech Evaluation Contest (Fall) *updated 7/22/15
- Table Topics and International Speech Contest (Spring odd-numbered years) *updated 7/22/15


Forms & Signs

- Speaker's Certification of Eligibility and Originality - Must be completed by all contestants
- Speech Contestant Profile - Used for contestant interviews

- Contest Speaking Order Evaluation Contest

- Contest Speaking Order Humorous

- Contest Speaking Order International

- Contest Speaking Order Tall Tales

- Contest Speaking Order Table Topics Contest

- Contest Sign In Sheet
- Stop Sign for Contests - Post outside doors while contest is in progress
- Direction Signs - With arrows to direct attendees to event


Contest Flyers & Agendas

- Official District and Toastmasters International Logos

- Instructions for Creating Contest Flyer *updated 7/19/15
- Instructions for Agenda Preparation *updated 7/21/15

- Area Contest Agenda Template *updated 7/12/15

- Division Contest Agenda Template *updated 7/12/15



Modify samples below as needed

- Certificate Preparation & Presentation - Who provides each *updated 7/21/15
- Certificate of Appreciation for Contest Judges (.doc)
- Outstanding Club Officer Certificates (Area) (.ppt)
- Thank You Certificate for Contest Helpers (.doc)
- Certificate of Participation International Speech Contest (.doc)

- Certificate of Participation International Speech Contest (.ppt)
- Thank You Certificate for Test Speaker (.doc)

- Thank you for providing facility (.ppt)

- Third Place Winner (.ppt)

Certificates provided by Toastmasters International (fillable PDF files)

- First Place Winner

- Second Place Winner

- Third Place Winner

- Participation


Chief Judge Resources

Chief Judge's Reference - Includes protest procedure *updated 8/28/15

Chief Judge's Report - Recap of judges, helpers, etc. for a contest*updated 7/22/15

Chief Judge's Briefing *updated 7/22/15

Tiebreaking Judge's Briefing *new 7/22/15

Chief Judges Handout (for training only)


- Judge's Certification of Eligibility & Code of Ethics

- Speech Contest Time Record Sheet - Used by timers

- Speech Contest Tally Counter Sheet - Used by ballot counters 
- Notification of Contest Winners - List of winners advancing to next level


- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Evaluation
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Evaluation

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Humorous Speech
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Humorous Speech

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-International Speech
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-International Speech

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Tall Tales
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Tall Tales

- Contest-Ballot-Judges-Table Topics
- Contest-Ballot-Tie Breaking-Table Topics


- Club Winner announcement evaluation & humorous
- Club Winner announcement table topics & international
- Club Winner announcement tall tales & international

- Area Winner announcement evaluation & humorous
- Area Winner announcement table topics & international
- Area Winner announcement tall tales & international

- Division Winner announcement evaluation & humorous
- Division Winner announcement table topics & international
- Division Winner announcement tall tales & international


For District Representatives

- District Representative Evaluation Form
- Duties of District Representative

- Promotions - Fall 2015


More Speech Contest Information


How to Tell Tall Tales - March 2013 Toastmaster magazine

You Must Be Kidding: Tall Tales Are a Tall Order - Sept 2014 Toastmaster magazine


Links to tutorials, FAQs, and more on the Toastmasters International Website



Updated 9/6/2015

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