Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition and each year, thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests.


International Speech Contest

The purpose of the International Speech Contest is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all, while providing an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their toastmasters training. The International Speech Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area, division, district, region quarterfinal, semifinal, and International levels. The top 8 contestants in our district will present a five- to seven- minute speech on any subject they choose. The district International Speech Champion will advance to the regional quarterfinals, where they will compete in the semifinals for a chance to take part in the World Championship of Public Speaking®.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:00pm in Mardi Gras II & III Ballroom
Contest Briefing will begin at 7:30pm sharp!


Speech Evaluation Contest

The purpose of the Evaluation Contest is to encourage development of evaluation skills and giving effective feedback, while providing an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient evaluators who have benefited from their Toastmasters training. The Evaluation Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area and division and ends with a district champion. At the beginning of this contest, a five- to seven-minute test speech will be presented. The top 8 contestants in our district will observe the test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:40am in Mardi Gras II & III Ballroom
Contest Briefing will begin at 10:10am sharp!


Humorous Speech Contest

Toastmasters recognizes the value of humor in speaking. The purpose of the Humorous Speech Contest is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all, while providing an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their toastmasters training. The Humorous Speech Contest begins at the club level, and proceeds through the area and division and ends with a district champion. The top 8 contestants in our district present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00pm in Mardi Gras I
Contest Briefing will begin at 6:30pm sharp!