This process is a fun mixer and icebreaker.
The intent of this process is for participants to talk to each other in order to get to know one another better.
- Pen and paper for each participant
The room should be big enough for all participants to freely move around.
Number of participants: The group can be of any size: for large groups (30+) the participants should be divided into subgroups.
Types of participants: Any type of participants can be involved in this process, however they must be willing to reveal two (simple) truths about themselves.
Time needed: The optimal amount of time needed is between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the group, and on the amount of time spent on each such step.
Pre-Work Required: None
1. Every participant is asked to write three statements about themselves on a piece of paper, of which two are true, and the other one is a lie. As this might be hard for a number of people, the facilitator can remind them, that any statement will be fine. For this step the participants should get an estimated time of around five minutes.
2. The second part of this activity is to walk around freely and let the participants chat with each other, just like on a cocktail party. Of course the facilitator can join this process, and have own statements prepared. The intent is to ask each other about the statements, trying to find out which one is a lie, and which ones are true. At the same time each participant needs to seduce others into thinking that their own lie is a true statement. Nobody should reveal which statement the lie is, even when it seems that the counterpart might have guessed it correctly.
3. In this third step the group will now gather around in a circle. One person will start to read out his/her three statements, so as to remind people, and the rest will then vote on each statement. ("Who thinks statement 1 is the lie" etc.) This will be done until each participant has had his/her turn to read out the statements.
This exercise can be run competitively, counting up how many correct answers (guessing the right statement to be the lie) each individual got correctly. Then the number of people who correctly guessed their own lie are taken away, and whoever has the highest score (honesty counts) at the end wins.
Follow-Up Required: None
Usual or Expected Outcomes: The outcome is a group that feels more comfortable with each other, as they got the change to talk to one another.
How success is evaluated: The process is successful when the participants are now more comfortable with each other and/or someone wins the game (honesty counts).
Source: James Neill - August 2005
Alternative names/see also: Cocktail Party, Everyone is a liar, Truths and lies