When I was in High School I belonged to a peer education group called TEAM. In a nutshell, we big kids went to elementary and Junior High classes to talk about the perils of drinking and drug use. Each year we'd go through training. My first year I was trained. My second year I trained. My third and fourth year I planned training. I learned a lot about leadership this way. . .and I learned a whole lot of ice breakers.
In my professional life I've planned a lot of meetings. I'm dying to get to do a training one day - at least to plan a training. When I do there is one particular ice breaker I want to work in. Its called "two truths and a lie." Its very simple - each person must tell two things about him/herself that are true and one that is a lie. The goal is to trick the group, to make your truths so beyond mundane that its hard to pick out the lie. In doing this, of course, you learn more about your peers as actual people and not the roles they play in the environment you know them. It's like finding out my boss is a HUGE Harley Davidson fan complete with obscene bumper stickers. This is true and totally not what one would expect if you saw him.
But chances are I'm not going to get to plan a training that allows me to sneak in my fun little game because any training I ever do have to work on will require me to outsource all the fun parts to some overpriced guru.
But I do have a blog.
And so I'm going to play my little game here on my blog and whether or not anyone else plays along is besides the point. I will leave my two truths and my lie right here in cyber black and white (or whatever color font my blog appears in lately).
1. I completed my BA in Communications in just three years.
2. I once owned the entire collection of Garbage Pail Kid trading cards.
3. My first published article appeared when I was just 10 years old.
If you feel like playing - take a guess at what is what. If anyone bites I'll post the answers the next time it occurs to me to do so. ;) And while you're at it, leave behind two truths and a lie yourself.