Contests and Judging

Competing in a contest? Want to run a quality contest?

For contests and judging, you need the rulebook!

How do you get the contests and judging running smoothly? The first step – check out the new rule book. It is dated July 1 2020 – 30 June 2021.

Not only does the rulebook tell you the rules for each contest it also has very helpful checklists for the contest chair, chief judge and for contestants.

Coronavirus impact on District Speech Contests

Please read changes for Best Practices for Online Speech Contests.

Contests and judging – training video and briefing notes

When organising a contest it is important that you take into account the difference between an online contest and a face to face contest. To help you to run a quality contest our District 91 Chief Judge Neil Coleman has created some helpful guides.

Start by reading the Online Contest Organisation Presentation and watch the webinar on running a successful online contest.

Start by reading Neil Coleman’s presentation

We’ve even created some guidance on briefing judges and contestants as well as some useful contest management documents to support you.

Online Contests

There are also some additional resources on Toastmasters International including digitally editable forms.

Face to face Contests

Evaluation contest

Copies of the Evaluation Contestant Notes sheet. will be required for all members who choose to make preparatory notes during the test speech.

This is the only sheet contestants can now use to make notes during the contest at all levels. Notepads, iPads, evaluator forms, etc. are no longer permissible in contests.

Contestants may have multiple copies of the sheet, with equal numbers being available to all members.

Get all the materials you’ll need on the day of the contest – free

You can get free digital downloads of all the contest materials you need including ballots and certificates at the Toastmasters Online Shop (click on the contests tab which is likely to be right at the bottom of your screen or just below!).

But you can also use our New Powerpoint winner certificates or participant certificates, especially for online contest meetings.

District Chief Judge Neil Coleman

Neil has been a Toastmaster since 2011 and has served in various roles including Division Director and Club President. Over those years he’s also fulfilled every contest role and even organised fair few, so has seen first hand all of the excitement and challenges that come from this integral part of the Toastmasters experience. As a helping hand to contest teams across the district it’s his intention that we revel in the fun and fair and contest seasons.”

As Toastmasters, it is our duty to ensure the contests we arrange are efficiently and fairly organised for the benefit of all participants and all those attending. This is to help our contestants be the best they can possibly be.

Neil’s role is to support every member in having access to all the documentation, resources and knowledge they require to ensure our District has the best-organised contests in the world!

If you have any questions about contests – how to run them or whether you’re eligible to compete or judge, please contact Neil.