HiFuL2016 - 18.06.2016 Saturday evening - TALL TALES CONTEST and DINNER

Saturday evening - June 18th: Fun - Tall Tales Contest

Event takes place in Grand Hotel del Gianicolo - Via Delle Mura Gianicolensi 107

Organised by Toastmasters Roma - Cost EUR 27 (includes contest as participant or public plus full dinner, with antipasto, first course/pasta, second course/meat, dessert, coffee, wine, water - special dietary needs please contact us and we will arrange alternatives - does not include transportation to/from event venue) - Children EUR 20

18:30 - 19:00 - Contestants and Judges Briefing

19:00 - 19:40 - Tall Tales Contest in Italian, open to all Toastmasters from any Club, Area, Division, District 

19:40 - 20:20 - Tall Tales Contest in English, open to all Toastmasters from any Club, Area, Division, District 

20:30 - 22:00 - Gourmet Dinner on the top floor of the hotel

22:00 - 22:30 - Announcement of winners

22:30 - 23:30 - Walk to piazza del Gianicolo with view of Rome


What is a Tall Tale?
tall tale is a story with unbelievable elements, related as if it were true and factual. Some stories such as these are exaggerations of actual events, for example fish stories ("the fish that got away") such as, "That fish was so big, why I tell ya', it nearly sank the boat when I pulled it in!" Other tall tales are completely fictional tales set in a familiar setting, such as the European countryside, the American frontier, the Canadian Northwest, or the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Tall tales are often told in a way that makes the narrator seem to have been a part of the story, and are good-natured. The line between legends and tall tales is distinguished primarily by age; many legends exaggerate the exploits of their heroes, but in tall tales the exaggeration looms large, to the extent of becoming the whole of the story. (from Wikipedia)


Why Do We Have a Tall Tales Toastmasters Contest?
The objective is to use your imagination and develop and present a story you’ve created that has exaggerations and twists and turns, plus there is supposed to be a point to your story.

Storytelling is one of the most important aspects of public speaking. Not only do stories keep your audience glued to your message, but the process of creating stories takes time, patience and diligence. Once you become skilled at developing stories and presenting them, you will be much more able to make higher quality presentations at work. Even though you might not use a fictional story when presenting your latest architecture design, you will find that your experience in the Tall Tales competition would help you present the details of your architecture design work to your clients and firm, for example.

You should approach participation in the Tall Tales competition as an opportunity to practice your detailed story development and presentation skills. This opportunity will increase your speaking skills in other types of speeches, not just the next time you tell a humorous, exaggerated, make-believe story.


Basic Rules of the Tall Tales Speech Contest

  • Time is 3-5 minutes, plus or minus 30 seconeds. So you really have to whittle down your story to the most important points
  • Must be an original story with original content. Best to use something that happened to you so you’re not suspected of copying an existing story
  • ANY members in good standing can participate. The “International Speech” contest held every winter has eligibility requirements, but not the Tall Tales competition. So, every member is eligible to participation this contest - and since it is not an official district organised contest, but rather an informal contest organised by Toastmasters Roma, participation is open to Toastmasters from all Districts.
  • There is no topic limitation. You can choose any topic you want your tale to be about. It just has to be original. So, no adapting from a children’s story book.
  • Humor and props may be used and are even suggested to illustrate the story.
  • Do NOT prepare a written introduction as only your name and speech title will be announced when you are introduced


Tips to WIN a Tall Tales Contest:

  • Have a small 10-20 second introduction to your story so that people know where you’re going with it
  • Plan a story plot that stays on track that people can follow
  • Create a build-up in your story to a climactic point
  • Use a TON of exaggeration that will naturally bring humor
  • Have pauses to give people time to laugh and breathe
  • Try not to yell at your audience (as many of the samples found on YouTube had a lot of yelling)
  • Describe details to the point where the audience has a picture in their minds of what’s happening
  • Include surprise twists in your story to throw the audience off guard and so that things happen that are unexpected
  • Tie-up your story with a final point as you would any speech
  • Leave ‘em laughing
  • Paint a picture in our minds of a story with details so that we can picture it


Good Sample of a Winning Tall Tales Toastmasters Speech

Here’s a good example of a Tall Tales Toastmasters speech that has all of the components as listed above: https://youtu.be/UXpxxrI83Eg


(text adapted from George Sutton Toastmasters Club http://georgesuttontoastmasters.com/blog/anatomy-of-a-winning-tall-tales-toastmasters-contest.html)


Contestants in English






Contestants in Italian


Silvio ROSSI



Other roles

Chairman: Francesco FEDELE

Chief Judge: Nelson EMILIO

Timer: Anne PAWLE & ...

Counter: Mengjia MA & Nicola ZAVARISE

Judges: ***secret***


Registration here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15ENHri9hx9Ue8s9uWlxwCpsw-8vOLYJMvPreb4a3dSk/viewform

Transportation from Hotel American Palace EUR to Grand Hotel del Gianicolo

Option 1) share a taxi - cost about EUR 30 and the taxi can take up to 4 people, so about EUR 7,50 per person - will take about 30/40 minutes

Option 2) use public transportation - cost EUR 1,50 per person, will take about 60 minutes, see itinerary below

17:30/17:36  Start from the Hotel and walk to Metro Station "Laurentina" (about 400 mt., 6 minutes)


17:36/17:52  Take Metro Line B or B1 from Laurentina to Circo Massimo (8 stops, 13 minutes plus about 3 minutes wait)


17:52/17:54  Walk to bus stop Circo Massimo (MB) (70747)

17:54/18:22  Take Bus 75 Direction Poerio/Marino until stop Carini/Bonnet (72996) (14 stops, 13 minutes plus about 15 minutes wait)


18:22/18:27  Walk to Via Delle Mura Gianicolensi 107 (about 300 mt., 5 minutes)


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