Contest Season Begins! Here’s what you need to know.

Every year, Toastmasters has two contest seasons. In District 21 these are:

  • The Fall Season (September – November) – Humorous Speech and Table Topics Speech Contests
  • The Spring Season (February – April/May) – International Speech and Evaluation Speech Contests

Contests provide unique, exciting and valuable learning opportunities for ALL members, whether participating as a contestant, a judge, an organizer or simply as part of the audience. The more club members get involved, the greater growth they’ll receive, both in communication and in leadership.

The Spring Contest Season Schedule:

  1. Club contests must be completed no later than March 30th. Check in with your Area Director to make sure your contest is well before the Area Contest. This gives your club contest winners greater opportunities to revise, improve skills, and practice before the Area Contest. Get your club’s Winners Sheets in to your Area Director immediately after your contest.
  2. Area contests must be completed no later than April 5th. Winners sheets must be submitted to Division Directors and the District 21 Chief Judge, Dinesh Kewalramani.
  3. Division contests must be completed no later than April 19th. Winners Sheets must be submitted to Program Quality Director and the District 21 Chief Judge, Dinesh Kewalramani
  4. The District contests will be held at our Spring Conference  at the Ramada Conference Center and Hotel, Abbotsford, April 30th and May 1st.
  5. The winner of the International Speech Contest will represent District 21 at the Semi-Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking at the Toastmasters International Convention in Washington DC on August 18th.
  6. The winner of the Semi-Finals, will present a completely different speech in the World Championship of Public Speaking Finals two days later, on August 20th.

What you need for your club contests:

Make sure you fill in the contest type and your club name on the certificates of participation and winners certificates. Select your contest chair and chief judge, who will recruit for the rest of the roles needed for a successful contest event. Use your Club, Area and Division contests as opportunities to share Toastmasters with new people! Most of all, HAVE FUN with your contests. Make your team’s experience memorable and rewarding, as well as a great opportunity to learn.

Contests are great PR Opportunities for your club and members!

Take photos and share your contest results on our District 21 Facebook Page! Many of our members love watching the results, even at club levels of the contest. Here’s a chance to reward your members with a wee bit of publicity. Remember to share your contest results and information about our Toastmasters Contest Season with your local newspapers, TV and radio stations, and on your club’s website.

Need Help?

Reach out to your fellow clubs for additional help at your contest. Share resources. Note: Attending a different club’s contest is one of the District 21 Passport Program tasks! Helping out at one gains you an additional point! For more information about contests, refer to the contest rule book in your digital downloads (see above links), and contact your Area or Division Director, our District Chief Judge, or Program Quality Director.

D21 YouTube Video Library

Youtube_graphicClub Building & Member Education Videos

Have you ever wished that you could find someone who could quickly and succinctly explain an officer or club role to you or effectively demonstrate how to deliver a certain type of speech?

 

Build Membership with an Open House (Karen Knight DTM PDD) Part1 Part2

Making Meetings Fun & Exciting (Joanne Morrison DTM PDG) Part1 Part2

Successful Small Meetings (Doug Thiessen DTM PDG) Part1 Part2

Speechcraft (Barry Monaghan DTM Part1 Part2

District 21 Ambassador Program (Margaret Page DTM) Part1

Club PR & Marketing (Haddy Abra DTM) Part1 Part2

Moments of Truth (Lanny Donald) Part1 Part2 Part3

Training videos for the broader TM educational program, such as ‘The Better Speaker Series’ and ‘The Leadership Excellence Series’ will be created as time and resources permit. You can help by creating some of these yourself.

 

 

Member Videos

2008 District 21 Division B Humorous Speech Contest Winner – Natalia Strelkova
2008 District 21 Division B Table Topics Contest Winner – Roger Killen

Click here to access the D21 YouTube Channel.