Humorous Contest Overview

For this contest which is set in Autumn you have two speech contests.

The first half will be a prepared speech contest lasting 5 – 7 minutes

The second half will be a Table Topics Contest

Humorous Speech Contest

An original speech with humour value, but also displaying good speech making abilities. Speech Time 5-7 minutes

Goes as far as District level.

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5 minutes6 minutes7 minutes

Table Topics Contest

The topic should be general in nature and not require specialised knowledge. All Contestants are taken out of the room and brought back individually by the Usher.

Thereby a Contestant does not hear the topic or any other Contestant’s speech before delivering their own speech. Speech Time 1-2 minutes

Goes as far as District level.

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1 minute1 minute 30 seconds2 minutes

District Level

As part of toastmasters international we are made up of sections.

The winner of each competition will go on to the Area contest, then the winner from that will go to Division, winner goes to District.

FYI:  The international speakers competition will go to the regional contest

ClubThe Club is made up of a minimum of 20 members
AreaClubs are grouped into Areas consisting of 4-6 Clubs
DivisionAreas are organised into Divisions with 4-6 Areas per Division
DistrictDivisions are grouped together to form Districts
RegionDistricts are grouped together to form Regions

Time Parameters

Contestant will be disqualified if they fall short of the minimum times, or exceed the maximum times.

Sounds very official …. of course, taking part is just as much fun but make sure you end between the times as it would be upsetting to miss out on winning because you were a second over (yes it’s happened before)

ContestMinimum TimeMaximum Time
Humorous Speech4 minutes 30 seconds7 minutes 30 seconds
Table Topics1 minute2 minutes 30 seconds

You will notice that the disqualification timings are 30 seconds either side of the speech times as signaled by turning on the green and red lights – except for Table Topics, where Contestants must speak for at least one minute to avoid disqualification.


To be eligible a Contestant must:

Be a ‘member in good standing’ – that means renewals for the member have been paid by the Club to WHQ on time (2 month grace period applicable);

And be entering on behalf of a ‘Club in good standing’ – that means renewals for at least 6 members have been paid by the Club to World Headquarters on time (2 month grace period applicable);

And for the International Speech Contest only, have completed at least 6 Competent Communication manual speeches (unless a charter member of a Club chartered since the beginning of the Toastmasters year).

Whether Contestants are ‘members in good standing’ of ‘Clubs in good standing’ can be ascertained by emailing

Even if meeting the conditions above, the following members are ineligible:

– District and International officers and candidates.

– Presenters of education sessions at the Contest event.

– Members serving as Judges at any level for a Contest in which the member is still competing.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Toastmasters EasySpeak for the resources for this page