“Don’t focus on winning. Focus on your message to the audience.”
- John Zimmer
Speech contests are just one of the many ways we grow and perfect our skills as a toastmaster. Throughout the year, Toastmasters holds five contests that begin at the club level and advance to the district. Click for a description.
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Proper planning for a speech contest takes time and organization. It’s a team effort and there are many roles as a contest official that fulfill requirements for Competent Leader (CL). Judging a speaker is not the same as giving an evaluation. Judges are to remain anonymous, the criteria is different, and there is a ballot based on a point system. District 26 is dedicated to raising the bar by ensuring that all our speech contest judges have been properly trained. D26 does not permit a toastmaster to serve as a judge unless they are certified. You are urged to take the course online or at TLI so you will qualify if called upon. This requirement enhances your skills and adds to the credibility of contests at all levels.