I have an icebreaker that I play when meeting new people. This game is fun, easy to learn and allows me to get know strangers. At the same time, I use it as a way to judge their character and whether they are good liars. It shows me the abilities of people to be good storytellers and how confident they are. The game is called Two Truths and a Lie and it’s exactly played as it sounds. It is public speaking in the form of an icebreaker.
One player starts the game off and after his turn is over, the next player takes their turn. When it is your turn you need to come up with three set of stories, in any order you prefer. Now the trick is to make your stories as convincing as the next because, by the end of your third story, the rest of the players sitting around you need to guess which story you told was false.
I found that the ones who do best in this game are the people who have that innate storytelling ability. They add false details to their stories and make it sound more actual than it really is. They can create vivid imagery. As a fellow player, you can’t distinguish one story from another because they all have the same level of detail. It makes choosing the wrong more difficult.
People fail when they can only contribute one or two sentence descriptions as opposed to a couple lines worth. Adding backstory and events leading up to the incident can be persuasive. If people know the background of what happens, it can convince them that you are telling the truth.
Body posture and your confidence in conveying the story is another way people can tell if you are lying. If you fidget during your lies, it can be recognizable. Learn to speak with confidence and with a strong voice. Everything you say will have more conviction and persuasive.
Eye contact can be helpful in this game. Look people directly in the eye. It promotes assertion. It makes you passionate about what you are saying. It can instill passion and make people second guess themselves. It is a great strategy to use during your lie.
The game is harmless and promotes a great environment to share. At the same time, it builds upon multiple skills that you should improve. Not only is this an emphasis on public speaking but the game demonstrates what makes a good public speaker, mainly eye contact, confidence in voice and body language. Practice having a few stories in your mind for games like this and remember to stand strong and feel bold and confident. It will make all the difference.
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