IAF Methods

Just One Lie

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Any group meeting in which attendees do not know one another.
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To get to know one another in an amusing way


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  • Flipchart paper, post-its, markers


Pre-Work Required: Have one-half a flipchart page and a pad of post-its for each individual in the meeting. At the start, have each participant write their name at the top of their flipchart page and hang it on the wall. Then have each individual put the names of all of their colleagues on post-its, one name per post-it.


1. At the start of the session, ask the group to mingle, asking one another questions to get acquainted, such as "What sports do you like?" "Where do you like to take your holidays?" "What is your favorite food?"; or about their career, such as "How did you get into facilitation?" "When did you join IAF?", "What is your greatest facilitation achievement?"; or about the meeting, such as "What is your worst fear for this meeting?". Or just ask for one fact they would like to share with the group.

2. Tell the participants, "For every person you meet, put their name and one fact you have learned about them onto the post-it with their name. As you meet every person in the group, you should accumulate a post-it for each person."
3. "However, as you answer questions about yourself, please ensure that one (and only one) answer you give is a lie, something entirely not true of you."
4. When everyone has accumulated one fact post-it about everyone else, have participants distribute the post-its onto each individual's flipchart pages.

5. Introduce yourself by reading out the flip chart page with your own name and facts, and then invite the group to guess which one is a lie. Use a red marker to identify tick every true fact until the lie is revealed, then a cross to identify that.

6. Next, introduce another participant in the same way. When the lie is revealed, it is their turn to select and introduce another.

7. As the meeting proceeds, start sessions and end breaks with the last person introduced to select and introduce another

8. By the end of the meeting everyone should have been introduced, and all but one have introduced another. Then you can celebrate the success of the person whose lie took the most guesses to reveal.


Follow-Up Required: none

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Good acquaintance among people -- ability to remember information about one another.


Source: This method was invented by IAF Chair Martin Gilbraith for the IAF Global Board meeting in London, January 2011

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