So.....You've decided to take on
the challenging and exciting role of Contest Chair.
This page has all the resources you will need to build a
team and deliver a fair, fun and well run
First - get is a copy of the
current Speech Contest Rulebook <<HERE>>
Second - download the contest KIT
(below) for the contest you will be chairing
Then download the
appropriate contest Checklist, Script and Chief Judge
Find yourself a Mentor -
someone who has already produced at least one successful
The first team member you should bring on board is
the Chief Judge
If the Chief Judge has never performed this role -
help them find a Mentor
Work with the Chief Judge to build the team of
Ballot Counters, Timers and (Secret) Contest Judges
If a venue has not already been
secured then.......secure a venue.
Get Contestants! If you are Chairing a club contest
then promote the value of competition to club members
Produce a fair, fun and well
Contest Chair - Checklist's:
checklist's (below) conform to the Toastmasters International
Contest Chair checklist (in the Speech Contest Rulebook).
These are however a lot more detailed and include practical
suggestions and details that come from chairing many contests.
I created these checklists to help you plan the contest and
manage the myriad of details that go into ensuring a fair, fun
and well run contest.
Contest Chair -
These script's (below) were crafted - over
time - by discussing and testing various ways to effectively
deliver fair, fun and well run contests. Each script has the -
time tested - words and actions you will need to say and do
from the moment you open the contest until your final thank
you's as you close the contest. The scripts are available in both DOC and
PDF format so you can use them as is (PDF) or modify
them (DOC) to suit your style.
Clicking on the appropriate contest KIT
(below) will download the contest kit directly from
Toastmasters International. It contains all the certificates
and forms needed for that contest.
Chief Judge -
The Chief Judge and team are
essential to ensuring fair judging and accurate tabulation and
reporting of the results. This checklist (below) conforms to
the Toastmasters International Chief Judge checklist (in the
Speech Contest Rulebook) but includes a lot more detail not in
The presentation 'Conducting Quality
Speech Contests' by fellow Toastmaster Blair
Montgomery, DTM (District 96 Chief Judge, 2014 - 2016) is
available in both PPT(Powerpoint) and PDF
format. This presentation can be used to train Contest Chairs,
Chief Judges and other contest officials.
best as Contest Chair and in your Toastmaster journey!