Tall Tales Speeches are 3 to 5 minutes in length. They are full of exaggerated truths and unbelievable stories.  According to Westside Toastmasters who have this great article about Tall Tales, a Tall Tale should Include the following features:  a character with extraordinary abilities and a specific goal; a problem that is solved in a humorous way; a careful blend of exaggerated and credible details; and a comical endingThis is an optional contest that is hosted by some Clubs and Areas – but not at the Division or District level.

Running a Tall Tales Contest is an exciting and rewarding experience.  Here are the resources you need to run the contest:


GATM CONTEST MATERIALS – HOW TO RUN A CONTEST

WORKPLAN —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Speech Contest Workplan includes the:

  • Schedule
  • Participant Roster – Contestants, Judges, Volunteers
  • Forms Received List
  • Speaker Order Ballots

GATM Contest Emails —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Emails document includes sample emails to be sent to:

  • Participants – Recruiting
  • Contestants
  • Judges
  • Sergeant At Arms
  • Timers
  • Ballot Counters

GATM Contest Scripts —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Tall Tales Contest Script includes the full script for the Tall Tales Contest.

GATM Agenda / Program —

Developed by GATM members, the GATM Speech Contest Agenda is the program for the night.


TMI TALL TALES SPEECH CONTEST KIT – RULES & FORMS

Many of the resources for the contest can be found in the members area (login required) of the Toastmasters International site.  The Tall Tales Contest Kit from Toastmasters International includes the following: