Contest FAQ
On page 3, the 2014 Speech Contest Rulebook says "If you are involved in conducting or participating in a speech contest, read the rules carefully and follow them. By doing so you will ensure a fair speech contest and an enjoyable event for everyone."
At the club level, a contestant may be chosen by whatever means the club desires, therefore, a club may nominate their contestant(s) to the area level contest.
Yes. And if the contestant speaks over or under time, he or she is disqualified and may not continue to the next level of the contest.
To participate in any level of the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual or a minimum of two levels in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.
For an area with four or less clubs, each club can send two contestants. This is a District 76 decision.
A member can compete at the same time in both Japanese and English, as they are separate contests. However they cannot participate in two separate area contests in the same language for the same type of contest.
t is true. Also, the same rule also applies for both area and division if there is a workshop. Please note that if you are a Japanese workshop presenter and a contestant in English speech contest (or vice versa) in the SAME event, you are not allowed to take both roles.
In order to be a judge one must be a member in good standing. While there are no requirements for a judge to have attended a Speech Contest Judges Training Program, but it is strongly recommended by World Headquarters. Also, insofar as practical, it it best if the judge has completed at least project in the Competent Communication manual.
The requirements are the same as a being a regular judge as stated in Q7.
ee the Chief Judge's Checklist in the Speech Contest Rulebook.
According to the rulebook, you can choose an equal number of voting judges from each club in the area, or a minimum of five voting judges. As there is no requirement to choose judge from outside the area, it is ok not to follow that advice.
If the contest language for the both contests are the same, you are not allow to serve as chief judge in one area contest while you compete in other area contest, however if the contest languages are different you MAY do that, because English speech contest and Japanese speech contest are completely different contests.
If you didn’t win your club contest and if you no longer wish to compete in speech contests, you have no problem in serving as judge for any speech contests in your are or other area. Please read and comply with the judge’s code of ethics when you judge contests.
Yes, you may. You are not allowed to compete in the same contest (same dates and same venue) in which you serve as judge, however if both contests are held in different clubs, you may.
Chief judge should decide whether he tells or doesn’t tell speech time. As there are no official rules about telling the speech time, chief judge should make the best decision. Please note that chief judge has to destroy judge’s ballot, counter tally sheet and time record sheet after the contest. After the chief judge destroy them, he/she cannot tell you speech time.
“4. Voting judges at all levels shall remain anonymous when practical.” is valid before and during the speech contest. It is not effective after the speech contest, and it is contest chair’s decision whether or not announce voting judge’s names. Please make a best decision taking all possible PROs and CONs into consideration.
In general, the contest chair is the person responsible for preparing and conducting the contest and The MC is a presenter who runs the contest during the day of the contest. The contest chair and the MC can be the same person or separate people. The duties listed in the Contest Chair's Checklist in the Speech Contest Rulebook can be split in any way that is convenient.
It is contest chair’s decision. If the chair decided to show the speech title, please show speech titles of all contestants. There are no rules prohibiting this. Please note that not there are very few cases where they print titles on agenda as tiles can be changed in the last minute, and in some speech contests, they don’t want to provide detail speech information to judges prior to speech contest so that they could avoid bias. You might want to know that there are no rules that prohibit providing the speech title on agenda or PowerPoint slides. Contest chair should make the best decision.
If you wish to record a speech contest, all speakers or presenters must give their written permission to be recorded beforehand. Any speaker who refuses should not be recorded. Upon request, any speaker or presenter is entitled to one copy of the recording at no charge. Recording should not cause a safety hazard to any in attendance, nor should it be a distraction to a speaker or presenter. During a district conference, recording of speakers and presenters may only occur with the permission of the Host District Chairman. Recordings of these events will be controlled by the Host District Chairman or his/her appointed representative. If one or more authorized Toastmasters provide recording services and tapes are made available for sale, the Toastmaster providing the services may be reimbursed only for expenses and may not profit from the recording nor charge for the use of equipment. Profits from any recording sales must be deposited in the district account. About Toastmasters Education District government Club Info Events & Campaigns Media News Member Support Contact (c) 2010-2016 Toastmasters District76

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