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Two Truths and a Lie (Team building Activity)

Two truths and a lie is a simple, team building activity in which someone shares three facts about themselves. Two are truths and one is a lie. The others in the group need to guess which facts are the truths, and which is the lie.

Summary by The World of Work Project

Two Truths and a Lie

This simple, classic team building activity works well with small or medium sized teams, and can be repeated multiple times to help people get to know each other.

Each member of a team writes down three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is a lie. The members of the team then take turns sharing their three statements with the wider team, who each guess which one is the lie.

If you’d like to make the game a bit competitive, then you can say that every time someone correctly guesses a truth they get a point. Whoever has the most points once everyone has shared their three statements is the winner.

Is it a lie? Is it the truth?

This activity can be used so that everyone takes part in it as an icebreaker or as part of a team meeting . Alternatively, it can be used with just one or two people sharing their three statements as part of, for example, a leadership Q&A session, an “ask me anything” session or even as part of a daily huddle.

The World of Work Project View

This activity is very simple and can be quite effective. Through it people get the chance to learn some true (and usually fairly interesting) facts about each other, which help them build relationships and cohesion. The activity is also usually fairly light-hearted and can be quite funny, and we all know the power of laughter for team building.

Overall, we think this is a great, easy activity that team leaders or facilitators should know and be able to use if required. It takes hardly any materials and can be done at short notice.

Sources and further reading

Where possible we always recommend that people read up on the original sources of information and ideas.

The information supporting this post comes from our experience at work, conversations with others and a range of reading on the internet. There are no specific references to look to for further reading, but there is a fair amount of general information available if you search for it.


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