By Chris Wilson-Smith | February 2, 2017
Project Coordinator, ETR
Are you working with a group that’s ready to laugh, move around a bit and get to know their colleagues at the start of a training? Are you the kind of trainer who likes to start out with something lively and engaging? This may be just the FQT you’re looking for!
Title: To Tell the Truth
Setting: Appropriate for in-person events with large or small groups—the more the merrier! You will need a large room with a chair for each participant. It is okay to have a few empty chairs. Place all of the chairs in a circle.
Time: Up to 30 minutes (time will vary depending on group size).
Purpose: This is a light activity that allows people to laugh, move, share and get to know their colleagues, all while having fun.
Best Used: As a warm-up and introduction at the start of a training.
If they’re not comfortable sitting on the person’s lap, they can remain standing in a comfortable position in front of or behind them. If the seated person isn’t comfortable having someone sit on their lap, they can put out their hands and say, “Stay standing, okay?”
Ask for and respond to any questions. Then say, “Let’s start the game!” and repeat your question.
Return chairs to the appropriate set-up and continue the training.
Note: The first time I tried this activity, I thought the sitting on the lap part might be uncomfortable for people. That’s why I added the standing option. I’ve now done the activity several times and have only had one person who didn’t want to participate. She opted out and the activity still ran smoothly. It’s a great warm-up, lots of fun, and people quickly develop a sense of connection to the training and one another.
Chris Wilson-Smith is a Project Coordinator and HIV/Sexual Health Trainer working with ETR’s Community Impact Solutions Team. He has also worked as a health educator and psychosocial case manager to HIV-positive youth. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.