Leadership Inspirations Activities

Two Truths And A Lie

Figure out which of the three statements is a lie

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer, Mixer

Materials

Paper, Pens Or Pencils

 

SUMMARY

Groups members learn fun facts about each other by telling two truths and a lie. The rest of the group must try to determine which statement they think isn’t true!

 

SET UP

  • Allow 10-20 minutes for groups of 10-20 people, and 20-30 minutes for larger groups.
  • Give each person a piece of paper and pen or pencil.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have everyone in the group write down two truths and a lie.
  • Go around the room and have each person share.
  • The rest of the group must decide what they think is true and what they think is a lie.

VARIATIONS

  • Try two lies and only one truth!
  • As Pairs: Divide into pairs. Each person shares 2 truths with their partner, and their partner makes up the lie. They introduce each other and the rest of the group tries to determine which one is the lie. (alternatively, each person shares 1 truth, and the partner makes up 2 lies, so the group must guess the 1 truth).
  • As Teams: Divide into teams. Each person shares their 2 Truths/1 Lie publicly and the other team must determine the Lie. If the other team guesses correctly, they get a point. If they guess incorrectly, the team sharing gets a point.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?