Lemon Aid

As they say, life is full of choices. We want what’s best for us, but don’t always make the correct decision, do we? Here’s a chance to put decision making to the test. All it takes is a bank note and lemon… seriously.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Keep a lemon in your pocket for the right occasion, or make use of a lemon when you see one lying around at an office function or a home get-together. Call someone over to try it out.


How are you with making good decisions… can I test you?

Pick up the lemon.


You’ve got nothing to lose… well, let’s see.

Lend me your ears

Hold up the lemon and pull out a cash note, placing it down on the table.


As you can see, I’ve got a lemon in one hand and a crisp bank note over there. If you can answer “lemon” to my next few questions, you get the cash. Sounds good?

They’ll be in, it’s only your money at stake.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Start the questions with the lemon in your hand, keep it casual and upbeat.


Okay, what do I have in my hand?

They’ll answer lemon.


What do I like to eat?

They’ll answer lemon.


What stings when it gets in your eye?

They’ll answer lemon.


What would you prefer, the money or the lemon?

They’ll either be stumped to answer, or fall into your trap of answering ‘money’. Either way, you get to keep the money and they get a lemon.


Ten bucks fifty, correct.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I’m sorry, this prize is a real lemon.
  • Don’t be bitter, like a lemon.
  • Do you want to try again, maybe this time with an orange?
Alternative ending

Use the cash note to order tequilas for the two of you.


When life gives you lemons, it’s time to order tequila.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Have you ever lost money with this?


Where do you come up with this stuff?


Are you going to say lemon for every question?

Well, er, um … you got me there.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people thinking outside of the box.
  • When you want to get people animated.
  • When you want to spread around some cheer.
Where to use it
  • mentoring
  • sales meetings
  • general informal gatherings
  • dinner tables
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A lemon and a bank note – the bigger the better – a $100 bill works good
  • Have a bill ready and get your lemon in hand.
Training required
  • Go through the script and get comfortable with it – it is very easy though and you can make up questions too.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Someone may grab your cash – be prepared.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a lemon and a bank note

size size

we are talking fruit here

durability durability

we are taking real fruit here

source source

our friend Marco strikes again

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this is best in a one-on-one

possible health risk possible health risk

it could go sour (the lemon that is)

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person

training needed training needed

just keep your questions clear and you will be aces

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