How to choose a good lie for two truths and a lie

Learn how to get started picking your answers for playing Two Truths and a Lie, including example lies.

December 10, 2020

Which one is the lie?

  1. "I refused to wear sneakers for a year when I was eleven years old."
  2. "My first favorite song was by Quiet Riot."
  3. "I can't whistle."

In my case, they're all lies. I'm not giving away my secrets that easily, ha. But they are tweaked versions of statements I've used in the game Two Truths and a Lie. If you're new to the game, it's a fun team building activity and icebreaker. If it's the first time you've played it, you may have trouble coming up with your own statements. Here are some tips.

Quick Tips For a Good Lie and Two Truths

  1. Make your lie believable. Ideally, make the credibility of all three of your statements roughly equal.
  2. Ask yourself some icebreaker questions to find your truths.
  3. For a lie, take a truth and change the details.
  4. Choose statements that encourage elaboration and conversation.

Good Lies, Good Truths: Examples

In basketball, I was known for throwing passes to the opposite team. That one's actually true, fun times! How did I come up with it? By thinking about answers to icebreaker questions.

Come up with some answers to these questions:

  • Do you (or did you ever) have a strange hobby?
  • Did you play an instrument growing up?
  • Did you play sports, and did you win any awards? Or did you make any humorously bad plays?
  • Is there a common food that you don't like?
  • Is there a popular movie from your childhood that you never saw?

Then take one of the answers and change it to make your lie. If you played the trumpet in band, make it the tuba or the oboe. Or maybe you loved the movie ET or Toy Story, but your lie could be that you've never seen it. A good lie also gives you something interesting to say after you reveal the answer, which these examples do.

There are many more icebreaker questions you can use for this, so choose some and get started selecting your truths and lies. If you're doing this with your team, you should subscribe to our team building activities.

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