Toastmasters Contest Organization: Chair and Contest Master

Toastmasters Contest Organization requires three people.

Ever been to a circus?  Back in the long lost days of traveling circuses, there would be huge tents with three staging areas called rings and each would have an act going at the same time.  The smart the circus company used one tent to cover everyone, but no one was too far away from the action on one of the stages.  Besides, there were peanuts.  Who can hate an event with peanuts?

Contests are like circuses.  There’s a whole lot going on that the audience is oblivious to and that’s a good thing.  They are there to be entertained.  They don’t want to know about who’s cleaning up after the animals or how the clowns get into the car.  But without that organization in the background, the show won’t go on.

Toastmasters Contest Guidelines

Contests don’t just happen.  It’s not like we say, “Oh, today, let’s have a contest that may send a member to the international convention .” Continue reading “Toastmasters Contest Organization: Chair and Contest Master”

Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants

Ever heard of the World Champion of Public Speaking?  Toastmasters contests recognize one speaker a year as the best.  It starts at the club level and goes all the way up to the International Speech Contest held annually at the International Toastmasters convention.

Toastmasters Contests

The speech contests are a long-time component of Toastmasters program.  Most districts host 2 contests per year.  For some members, this competition is an important part of their Toastmasters experience.

There are pretty much 3 perspectives on the contest.  Some people love them.  Other people loathe them. And in the middle are people who don’t care.

I think that our attitude to the speech contest can change over time. Continue reading “Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants”