1. To provide an opportunity
for proficient speakers to
gain contest experience
2. To provide an interesting
educational opportunity for
Toastmasters and the
general public – create
3. To provide an opportunity to
others by observing
Who are the key people?
• Contest Chairs
Duties of Contest Chair
• Liaise with all contestants and verify eligibility
• Select Chief Judge
• Notify all officials & role players and provide all
• Conduct pre-contest briefing & speaking slots
• Open contest and announce every contestant
• Announce winners of contest
• Present a well-run speech contest
About the Contest Chair
• Member in good standing
• Cannot participate in any other contests at
Area, Division and District levels
• Announces any disqualification on
eligibility and timing before announcing
Duties of Judge
1. To Contestants : fairness & impartiality
2. To TI : maintain a reputation of
3. To the Audience : a good
4. Ourselves : commitment for
self-improvement and excellence
A Chief Judge…..
• Appoints Timers and Counter Tally
• Appoints judges (5 for club & Area and 7
or more for Division)
• Briefs judges on Judge’s Guide & Ballot
• Receives list of contestants from Contest
• Decides on disqualification of contestant
based on originality with other judges
A Judge is..
1. Member in good standing
2. At Area, Division, District contests, member in
good standing since the previous July 1 and
completed at least 6 C&Lprojects
3. Cannot participate at any contest you are
4. Do not come from same club of any contestant
at Area and Division level (if practicable)
5. Must judge all contestants
Duty of a Contestant
• Member in good standing from the club
• Fulfilled at least 6 C&L assignments if
participating at ISC unless newly chartered club
• Participate at many clubs for same contest if
member of more than one club
• Can only advance to ONE level up from ONE
• Eligible at all levels of the contests
Definition of Originality of a speech
When is a Speech considered not Original?
1. A 6-minute speech in which 4-minute
is devoted to quoting other persons
2. A speech in which part of the
materials is taken from on the event
that is not credited
3. A speech that has been taken entirely
from another source (whether credited
CONTESTANTS IN SPEECH
Protest & Disqualification
1. Any judge or contestant may protest to the
chief judge or contest chair before the
announcement of the winners.
2. The chief judge convenes the judges to
discuss originality of speech
3. Contestant can be called in to respond
4. Decision to disqualify is by a simple
majority of judges
5. Contest Chair to inform contestant before
announcement of winners
Who can contest?
1. Begin at the level from the Club contest
2. Any active or new Toastmaster
3. Completed at least 6 C&L speeches for
4. Have dues current with TI
5. Exception: a charter member of a club
chartered since the previous July 1. But
the Club must be officially chartered
prior to the Area Contest.
Who are not eligible for
Incumbent International Officers & Directors
District Officers whose terms expire June 30
International officers & director candidates
Immediate past district governor
District officers or announced candidates for
the terms beginning the upcoming July 1
Past International Speech Contest winner
Only judges and contestants may
protest any aspect of a speech
Any protest must be lodged with the
chief judge and/or the contest chairman
before the winner and alternates are
The contestant whose speech is being
questioned should be given the
opportunity to response
1. All decisions of the judges are final.
2. Judges will not time the speeches.
3. Judges to ignore timing when judging
4. Refrain from public criticism of the
contest and reveal sources and
5. Ensure that you know how to use
the judging forms.
6. Judging is to pick a winner, not to
evaluate a speech.
7. Brief judges before contest.
8. Pay attention to balloting- no
A successful contest requires
1. Planning – a speech contest demands
planning, scheduling, and organization.
Club and Area officers must be trained in
every aspect of what it takes to conduct a
successful speech contest.
This includes becoming familiar with
contest planning materials such as
checklist, contest forms.
2. Fair and impartial judging – Judging is
highly subjective as it involves feelings and
attitudes. Select judges carefully and train
3. Know the rules – Knowing the rules are
necessary to avoid contest controversies.