IAF Methods

Everyone is a Liar (Two truths and one lie)

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10 - 1510 - 25 

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.



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      4 years ago