If you want to become a better speaker (or planner) in 2018, look no further than the spring season of Toastmasters contests! In the fall, District champions Stewart Murrie (left) and Cody Cotulla (right) rose through the ranks of club, area, and division contests to win first place in the evaluation and humorous speech contests, respectively.
While their goals were to evaluate and entertain, yours now are to improvise and inspire.
That’s right. The spring contests for District 4 Toastmasters will be Table Topics and the annual International Speech Contest:
- For the Table Topics contest, each contestant answers the same question off the cuff for 1 to 2 minutes , without hearing any responses from previous contestants. Click here to download resources for this contest.
- For the International Speech Contest, contestants deliver a 5 to 7 minute speech on a topic of their choice. District winners advance to compete at the Toastmasters International Convention. Click here to download resources for this contest.
Whether you’re a club leader, District officer, or rising World Champion of Public Speaking, below is a breakdown of how the contests work (Note: This doesn’t include the International Speech Contest, which advances to the international level.)
CLUB LEVEL CONTESTS (FEBRUARY)
The Vice President of Education (VPE) typically chairs, co-chairs, or delegates the opportunity to put together a club contest if there is more than one member that wants to compete. Check out our related blog post on “How to Craft a Club Contest” for guidance and inspiration.
AREA & DIVISION LEVEL CONTESTS (MARCH & APRIL)
Even if your club doesn’t hold a contest, officers can still send a contestant to represent at the area level contest. Winners advance to the division level contests. See here for our calendar of events, updated by February. These contests are not possible without the help of volunteers, so if you enjoy being behind-the-scenes, contact your area or division director.
DISTRICT LEVEL CONTESTS (MAY)
Mark your calendars for the District 4 Spring Conference, taking place May 19-20 at the Foster City Crowne Plaza Hotel. Registration information will be coming soon. While the District Champion from each contest will be crowned, it’s not the end of the road for the International Speech Contest winner.
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION (AUGUST)
Join us for the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention, taking place August 22-25 in Chicago. Click here for more information. The winner of the International Speech Contest will earn the title of World Champion of Public Speaking! See past winners on YouTube. Below is last year’s winner, Manoj Vasudevan.
Good luck to all, and let the contests begin! If you have any questions, contact Program Quality Director Stefanie Chow at firstname.lastname@example.org.