It’s contest time! Coming Feb. 25

Contests. The first reaction you might have is: “scary!” But contests can be a fun and freeing opportunity to stretch your speaking wings. That has to be especially true with “Tall Tales” being one of the categories!

Check out our new Contest page and reach out to our Contest Chair, Leah, with any questions you might have. She’s delighted to help you and will appreciate the help of anyone who’s not competing in filling one of the many Contest Meeting Roles such as Timer, Vote Counter, etc.

Jump in!

2016 Spring Speech Contest coming Feb. 25

The Toastmasters calendar has a round of speech contests twice a year — and the next one is coming up! On February 25, 2016, we’ll be conducting our next speech contest.

This time the speech categories will be:

  • “International” – Contestants present a five- to seven-minute speech on any subject they choose. All districts must conduct this contest.
  • “Tall Tales” – Contestants present a speech on a topic that is highly-exaggerated and improbable in theme or plot.

Aspire to grow! The last world champions started off in a club just like ours. River Speakers is a safe place to try your communication & leadership wings.

From our Contest Coordinator

I know the contests are new to everyone.  This will be the second Toastmaster contest I have been involved in, so I will need lots of help.

As I said yesterday, the contestants are the most important thing.  Without them there is no contest.

Humorous family stories seemed the most obvious to me for the Humorous speech contest.  I have heard some really funny speeches that since I have been in toastmasters.  One was about raising teenagers.  Another was about a parachute jump that ended in a pond.  I googled “toastmaster humorous speech examples” and got a couple of examples and other helps.  Who knew?

By the way the rule book is here.

The Evaluation contest is the hardest to understand.  When I asked for volunteer “Test Speakers” at the Food for Thought club, I had to explain the role.

The contest is who gives the best evaluation.  The speech can be at any level from an “Icebreaker” to a Project 10 speech, like Cheryl gave.  The rulebook recommends that the test speaker not be from River Speakers so I am trying to get one from another club.  A toastmaster from Food for Thought has volunteered to be the backup if the test speaker has to bow out at the last minute.  I think we really need someone from another club so that our members can compete, judge, etc.

There are a lot of contest roles to fill.

The Evaluation Contest is pretty simple.  You listen to a speech and evaluate it like Charmaine did yesterday.  The only difference is other contestants will evaluate the same speech.  The best evaluator wins.  Each evaluator will not vote on the competitors.  They can’t hear another contestants evaluation before they give theirs.  If for example the test speaker is doing a project 5 speech, the contestants will know that beforehand.  They will know what the goals of the speaker are and will evaluate them based on that, just like any evaluator would at any toastmaster meeting.  The only difference is there are other toastmasters evaluating the same speech.  What makes the best evaluation?

I googled “toastmaster evaluation contest examples” and got a lot of helps.

The contestants will make the contest a fun experience.  The winner goes to the A3 competition.  I think it is at the Foothills Church in Garden City.  I need help with the date and time.

— Don

Our Speech Contest will be August 27

It’s that time of year: speech contest time has arrived, and the two themes for this summer/fall 2015 period are “Humorous” and “Evaluation”.

  • Humorous: Choose a subject. Be certain you don’t include potentially objectionable language or content. Your speech should have an opening, body, and close — on a theme. (That is, it shouldn’t be a series of one-liners.)
  • Evaluation: A Toastmaster, not a member of our club, will give a 5-7 minute speech. Contestants can take notes, and then must provide an evaluation.

Our Contest Coordinator for this period is Don. He will be providing us updates during the next several meetings and can answer your questions then or after our meeting time.

We encourage everyone to participate, either as a speaker-contestant or in another role. Read more on our Speech Contest page.

After you’ve learned more, please fill out the form below to indicate what role you’d like to fill for our August 27 Speech Contest meeting.

Sign-up closes 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, so final preparations can be made. 

Results of sign-up:

  • Contest Chairperson and Chief Judge: Don
  • Toastmaster and Snacks Wrangler: Cheryl
  • Test Speaker: ___
  • Sergeant At Arms: Leah
  • Vote counter (Evaluation portion): Cheryl
  • Timekeepers: Melanie and Andrea
  • Participant (Humorous portion): Sherry and Emily
  • Participant (Evaluation portion): Diane