2 Truths & a Lie
- A different kind of get-to-know-you activity which is engages and
challenges each group member in a fun way
- Particularly useful as an icebreaker, e.g. can be used as a
opener for a workshop/conference.
- For large groups (e.g., 30+), it is best to split into smaller
- Hand out cards or paper and pens (or if participants bring their
own, that's fine)
- Explain that in this activity each person write two truths and a
lie about themself and then we will try to guess each other's lie.
The goal is to: a) convince others that your lie is truth (and that
one of your truths is the lie) and b) to correctly guess other
- Allow approx. ~5+ minutes for writing 2 truths & a lie - this
isn't easy for a lot of people - there will some scribbling out, etc.
The slower people will probably need to be urged along to "put
anything you can think of" down. Allocate 5-8 minutes, but you
will probably need to urge people along.
- Announce that we will now walk around and chat to one another,
like a cocktail party, and ask about each other's truths and lies.
The goal is to quiz each about each statement to help determine which
are the truth and which is the lie, whilst seducing other people into
thinking that your own lie is a truth. At the end we will caste
our votes and find out the truth.
- Emphasize that people should not reveal their lie, even if it
seems others might have guessed.
- Allow min. 10-15 minutes of conversation time.
- Gather together in a circle. Start with one person who reads
their three statements aloud (to remind everyone). Then read the
statements again, stopping to allow a vote for each one. e.g.,
"I am Turkish. Who thinks that is a lie? [Vote] I am
vegetarian. Who thinks that is a lie? [Vote] I have
a metal pin in my right leg. Who thinks that is a lie?
[Vote]. OK, my lie was "I am vegetarian."" The facilitator
will need to help each person out, especially intially until the basic
format is understood. The facilitator may add drama and
reinforcement, etc. for correct guesses, tricky statements, etc.
- The exercise can be run competitively, e.g., count up how many
correct guesses of other people's lies and take away the number of
people who correctly guesses your own lie. Highest score wins
Links to other descriptions
People write down two truths about themselves and a lie. Then
introduce the three "facts" to the rest of the group who tries to guess
which one is a lie.