To be eligible to compete for the title of Master Orator: The contestant must be a student with a valid ID card and belongs to a recognized college/University/Institute located either in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh or Nagpur city. The contestant must not be a registered member of Toastmasters International in the present or the past. The contestant must be in the age bracket of 18 – 24 years old only. Have the ability to prepare and deliver the speech in ENGLISH.
Contestant has the flexibility to choose any topic of their choice except for controversial topics related to Sex, Religion or Politics. Each contestant is expected to respect the stage and hence any usage of profane or derogatory language on the dais shall be disqualified. Speech content needs to be original and if a contestant is using a quote or excerpt from another source it must be duly quoted. Please note that only less than 25% of the speech can be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing to another person’s content. Click here to see sample scripts. Click here to know more about the Judging criteria for this Contest. Speeches at all levels must be in ENGLISH only. Contestants are highly recommended to deliver speech without help of any notes. Contestants are restricted to use props (audio tape, videotape, webcam, streaming audio, or other remote technology) and organizers will not extend support for use of props at Qualifiers and also Semi-final round. Props and other materials, except use of projector, laptop, desktop for any PowerPoint presentations etc. are permitted for Semi-finals and finals, however organizers must be informed via email at email@example.com at least one day prior to the dates if help of organizer is required.
The Contestant must reach the venue 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to complete the registration formalities. Click here to view the Venue details for Qualifiers and Semi-Finals. Contest’s room allotment will be done by the organizers and will be announced on the day of the event. Allotment order is final and request for changes will not be entertained. No food or beverages will be permitted into the contest room except water. Contestant must be seated in her or his respective Contest Room at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the contest. No Contestant shall be allowed to enter the Contest Room or leave the room once the Contest begins. All mobiles, noise making devices, other electronic gadgets and student ID cards will be collected at the entry of the contest room and handed over back once the contest in the room is complete. Cross talks and moving around in the contest room once the contest starts will not be permitted.
Timing will begin with the contestant’s first definite verbal or non-verbal communication with the audience. This can either be the first word uttered by the contestant or can include any other verbal or non-verbal communication such as a sound or a movement. Once the contestant is on the dais, 10 seconds grace period will be given to start the speech. If the contestant does not start the speech in the time, timer shall start timing the speech. The signalling device (Timer Flags – Green, Yellow and Red) will be in full view of each contestant. Qualifiers Level Speeches shall be for two to three minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes or more than three minutes thirty seconds. a) The GREEN signal will be displayed at the end of two minutes and remains displayed for 30 seconds. b) The YELLOW signal will be displayed at the end of two minutes and 30 seconds and remains displayed for 30 seconds. c) The RED signal will be displayed at the end of three minutes and remains displayed until the speech is concluded. Thirty seconds grace time is given to conclude the speech, crossing which the contestant will be disqualified. d) No signal will be given to the contestant for going over time (but disqualification will be made based on the total speech time taken by the contestant at that level). Semi-Finals and Finale Speeches shall be from five to seven minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes and 30 seconds or more than seven minutes and thirty seconds. a) The GREEN signal will be displayed at the end of fine minutes and remains displayed for 30 seconds. b) The YELLOW signal will be displayed at the end of six minutes and remains displayed for 30 seconds. c) The RED signal will be displayed at the end of seven minutes and remains displayed until the speech is concluded. Thirty seconds grace time is given to conclude the speech, crossing which the contestant will be disqualified. d) No signal will be given to the contestant for going over time (but disqualification will be made based on the total speech time of the contestant at that level).
The Master Orator Championship contest will have three levels to be a Champion. Qualifiers: 3rd,4th,10th,11th,17th & 18th August (in multiple locations) Semi-finals: August 25th (Hyderabad) Grand Finale: September 8th (Hyderabad) Each contestant must carry a valid Government authorized photo ID proof along with student ID card. The winners at each level of contesting will be announced on the website and also informed to the contestants via an email. No refund/transfer of fee will be provided, if contestant is unable to participate in the contest at any interval of time. All judges are qualified judges of Toastmasters International and the judging shall be done on the standard Toastmasters International guidelines for International Speech Contest. If a contestant who has won at Qualifiers / Semi Finals but cannot represent at the next level, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th August (in case of Qualifiers) or 3rd September (in case of Semi Finals) and so that the next higher placed contestant would be given an opportunity to participate.
A Speech shall be disqualified if not adhered to the slated Timing Criteria (details are given in the rule book separately). If at any particular level, if the judges or organizers declare any contestant is disqualified or ineligible then it is final. Each contestant is expected to respect the stage and hence any usage of profane or derogatory language on the dais will lead to disqualification. Contestants are not allowed to enter the Contest Room once the Contest begins and will be disqualified if they do so.