2 truths & a lie

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Alternative names: 
Cocktail Party
Level of process: 
Intent or purpose: 
The intent of this process is for participants to talk to each other and to get an idea of who the other one is.
Used as component of: 
This process is used to have participants talk to each other in order to get to know one another better.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process, however they must we willing to reveal two (simple) truths about themselves.
Recommended size of group: 
Remarks about group size: 
The group can be of any size, for large groups (30+) the participants should be divided into subgroups.
Optimal amount of 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.
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.
Level of participation: 
The level of participation is high as personal information has to be shared, and participants need to communicate with one another
Ideal Conditions: 
The room should be big enough for all participants to freely move around.
How is success evaluated: 
The Process is successful when the participants are now more comfortable with each other and/or someone wins the game (honesty counts).
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary.
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator does not need any particular characteristics, as he/she only needs to supervise the group.
Setting and Materials: 
Pens and papers could be possibly needed, if not brought by the participants themselves.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.

1. Every participant is asked to write three statements 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 false. At the same time each participant needs to seduce others into thinking that the 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 had his/her turn to read out the statements.

This exercise can be run competively, 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 the own lie are taken away, and whoever has the highest score (honesty count) at the end wins.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process should be used in the suggested context, is thus not very flexible.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
James Neill - August 2005
1. http://lds.about.com/library/bl/games/bltwo_truths_lie.htm 2. http://www-usr.rider.edu/~suler/lifefact.html