What is the truth, but a lie agreed upon.Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)
Most people are familiar with Two Truths, One Lie. It’s a nice icebreaker, which proved its usefulness since long as you can play it instantly, quickly and anytime. No further resources needed. You can even find it on dating sites on profiles as it triggers interaction and familiarization.
Objective of Two Truths One Lie
Familiarization and fun.
If you use it on a mural/whiteboard it helps getting acquainted with that tool.
2–3 min per participant plus 2–3 min preparation time for all to come up with two truths one lie.
If you want to display it on the whiteboard of the conferencing software or on a mural you need the statements in advance or let participants post them by themselves. If they are not familiar with the whiteboard/mural it will take them about 5 min to post their statements.
- Task every participant to think about three statements about themselves. Two of them are true, one is a lie.
- Take one participant in and let them tell. Make each person add their statements on sticky notes in a mural or the send them to you (e.g. via live chat) and you put them on the shared whiteboard.
- The other participants must identify the lie.
You can play Two Truths One Lie directly by taking in the participant or by creating a mural with sticky notes (if your conferencing software allows it).
As an alternative you can also ask them to share a dream or wish instead of a lie. The dream must be formulated in a way as if it was true already. This can create an even more positive atmosphere and social binding becomes more personal.
Forming and Norming. It’s a classic icebreaker.
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