Starting a meeting or after a break in a group where participants don't know each other or don't know much about each other
To help everyone to learn names and personal/professional information
Setting: comfortable and informal seating
1. Facilitator writes three statements on the board. Two statements are true, and one is a lie. Example:
- I have been teaching for 10 years.
- I have a pet cat called, "Mini"
- I lived in Rome for a year.
2. Invite participants to ask "lie detector" questions to get information in order to determine which statement is false. For example:
- Teaching - Where have you taught? What have you taught? What year did you start?
- Pet - How old is Mini? What does Mini eat? Where do you keep Mini?
- Rome - Where did you live in Rome? What language was spoken in Rome?
3. Participants vote on which statement is a lie. Reveal which are truths and which are lies.
4. Place participants in small groups (3 or 4 works well). Small groups repeat steps 1 - 3, individuals write down their truths and lie on paper first, then share one by one while others ask questions, vote on which statement is a lie.
5. Have participants introduce each other to the large group.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: People know each other's names and some personal aspects of their lives
Potential pitfalls: groups who don't like the idea of "lying" have a difficult time with this.