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Unmute Your Mic on Zoom for Better Conversations

An ‘open mic’ approach can encourage greater engagement

A photo of a South Asian woman talking on the mic on a video conference call.
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On a recent Zoom call, Bridget Fahrland and two colleagues kept their microphones on, allowing the sounds of home life to filter in. One colleague’s son popped into the frame. Another repeatedly shushed her boomer parents who were chatting nearby. Fahrland’s seven-year-old melted down when…

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Diana McKeon Charkalis

Diana McKeon Charkalis

Diana is a freelance journalist who’s been published by USA Today, New York Times News Service, Prevention, Parents and more. Visit for more.

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