District 35 Toastmasters

Speech Contest Resources


We are nearing the start of the 2021-2022 speech contest season. Please note that because our District voted that all Area, Division and District Contests will be held in-person, we need to plan accordingly. However, club Contests can be held in-person or virtually. Please note that we might need to move speech contests online if the Covid-19 pandemic persists and restrictions are re-imposed.

District 35 Speech Contest Team

Speech Contest Chair

Jennifer Kibicho, DTM


International Speech Contest Coordinator

Carl Ervin,DTM

Email: cw_ervin@yahoo.com

Table Topics Speech Contest Coordinator

Amy Linn-Strosin

DTM Email: amy.strosin@gmail.com

Chief Judge

Judy Bauer, DTM

Email: jbauertm@hotmail.com

Our District is sponsoring two contests:

  • Table Topics Speech Contest—final contest will be at the District Level
  • International Speech Contest—winner will advance to the International Semi-Finals Speech Contest

Speech Contest Important Timeline:

  • December 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022: Club-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (clubs have the option to conduct their contests in person or on-line)
  • February 1, 2022 – March 26, 2022: Area-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (in-person contest)
  • March 31, 2022 – May 1, 2022: Division-level Table Topics and International Speech Contests (in-person contest)
  • May 13, 2022 – May 14, 2022: District-level Table Topics and International Speech Contest (in-person contest) · Please check out the District 35 Calendar for the actual dates for each contest.

Special note for Area and Division Contests:

  • Areas with 4 or fewer clubs in good standing can have 2 contestants from each club compete in the area contest.
  • Divisions with 4 areas or fewer can have the 2 highest-placed available contestants from each Area compete.

Please contact your area or division director for more details.

Contestant Resources:

Toastmasters Speech Contest Tutorials

December 13, 2021 Virtual Workshop: How to rock the contest stage? By Eric Feinendegen. 

January 19, 2022 Virtual Workshop: Chief Judge Training with Judy Bauer, DTM

Contest Chair Resources

Speech Contest Digital Content: 

Contest Preparation Timeline (adapted from District 25 Toastmasters)

Speech Contest Planning Tips:

Roles and Responsibilities Checklist

Contest Roles and Responsibilities (Adapted from District 25 Toastmasters)

Event Supply Checklist 

Contest Agenda Tips

Sample Contest Agenda (Word)

Sample Contest Agenda (Publisher)

Contestant Briefing

D35 Sample Contest Script

Contest Sign-in Sheet

Contest Dignitary Sign-in Sheet

Chief Judge Resources

Judges Briefing

Ballot Counter Briefing

Timer Briefing

SAA Briefing

Virtual Contest Resources (to be used only at club-level contests)

Video Training

Timer Virtual Backgrounds (zip file)

Online Speech Contest Best Practices

Please also see these resources from Toastmasters International:

2021/2022 Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook

Toastmasters International Contest Information

Speech Contest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)