Welcome D53 members!

Below you will find a variety of speech contest resources to help you make the most of speech contest season.

Please be sure to check back often for updates, new resources and other Speech Contest information!

2021-2022 Contest Timelines:

  • Club – October 18 through January 15
  • Area – January 16 through March 15
  • Division – March 16 through April 16

Speech Contest Rulebook

2021-2022 Rules for all Toastmasters Contests

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Speech Contest Rule Changes

Find out how the Speech Contest Rulebook has changed and why each change was made.

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Timing Backgrounds

Online backgrounds for use with any online service.

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Area & Division Director Speech Contest Training – V2

Training materials from D53 Chief Judge Tracey Adkins (update: Nov 10 2021)

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Video Recording Guidelines

Guidelines to support conducting your District International Speech Contest online
and ensuring your winner’s speech is recorded for region quarterfinal submission.

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Speech Contest Training

Session 1 – The Contest and Roles

Link to Online Training

Speech Contest Training

Session 2 – When You’re the Judge

Link to Online Training

Speech Contest Training

Session 3 – The Judge’s Guide and Ballot

Link to Online Training

Speech Contests FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on all aspects of Toastmasters Speech Contests.

Link to FAQ on TI Website

Online Speech Contests Best Practices

A guide explaining how to successfully conduct online speech contests.

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Conduct Quality Speech Contests

A facilitator’s guide for conducting training for how to conduct speech contests.

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Behind the Scenes of a Speech Contest

Speakers may star, but contest functionaries play a critical role.

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Kits containing all materials needed to run a successful speech contest

Humorous Contest Kit

Supplies for conducting an Humorous Speech Contest. All contest forms are user-printable and includes everything for contestants and judges.

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International Contest Kit

Supplies for conducting an International Speech Contest. All contest forms are user-printable and includes everything for contestants and judges.

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Speech Evaluation Contest Kit

Supplies for conducting a Speech Evaluation Contest. All contest forms are user-printable and includes everything for contestants and judges.

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Table Topics Contest Kit

Supplies for conducting a Table Topics Contest. All contest forms are user-printable and includes everything for contestants and judges.

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Tall Tales Contest Kit

Supplies for conducting a Tall Tales Contest. All contest forms are user-printable and includes everything for contestants and judges.

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