Training tip - Two truths and a Lie

Two truths and a Lie

Two truths and a lie ice-breaker.

This 15-minute ice-breaker will certainly generate a few laughs and reveal some interesting facts about your delegates! It’s also one of those games that everyone feels comfortable joining in and works best with small groups of up to ten people.

  1. Give all the participants five minutes to write down two truths and one lie about themselves. Suggest that they make the lie believable and create some red herrings with unusual truths. Also they should write the truths and lie in a random order.
  2. Choose who will start the game and ask that person to read out their three statements. Then ask the person to read them out again, and get the rest of the group to guess which statement they think is a lie.
  3. Ask the person to reveal which of their statements is the lie. Everyone who voted correctly should put a tick on their sheets for a correct answer. If the lie fooled everyone, the liar should give themselves two ticks!
  4. Follow the same pattern for all the other delegates, with participants giving themselves a tick whenever they have correctly guessed which statement is the lie.
  5. Whoever has the most ticks is the winner!

Notes: This game is particularly effective if the participants don’t know each other well, but if the participants know each other already, ask them to choose particularly unusual trivia facts about themselves, their likes and dislikes or personal childhood memories.

If you have more time, you could allow the other delegates to ask questions about each statement, just like the TV programme Would I Lie to You?

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