Review: The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead

Book cover to The Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger
The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead by Warren Berger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Berger's new book follows in the same vein as his previous (A More Beautiful Question) by providing readers with a series of exercises and justifications around the different ways to get to more meaningful questions. Berger's core point is that questions are the life-blood of new ideas, human connections, and understanding. The more we can get into the habit of asking good questions, the more-rewarding experience we can find with our loved ones, family, friends, work, and yes, even total strangers. But asking good questions is a tricky thing and not one, we're prone to do. For many of us, our knack for asking intriguing questions was drained out of us as a child and so Berger recommends a variety of practices and activities to help redevelop those skills. In that regard, he provides readers with both sets of questions to use in order to get into the habit of asking questions (templates, if you will) and activities or challenges to the reader to also help them think of their own questions. I always like books like these as they remind me in how much there is to learn and appreciate from others and how the right question can unlock rich connections with others. I also appreciate that Berger does more than just tell readers to question, but rather continually emphasizes the importance of context, tone, and style as any of these can change a situation from feeling like a conversation to an interrogation. I also like the all-around applicability of the book in that it is something that one can find useful for their personal, social, and professional life (or all three!).

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