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How to delete a connection

There are plenty of reasons to connect with good people that you know on LinkedIn and sometimes there are very good reasons to disconnect people too! It is not like LinkedIn tells people when you remove them, it doesn’t send “you don’t love X anymore and they’re not your ‘friend’” this isn’t the playground, this is business.

For example if a connection of yours leaves the firm or business and joins a competitors I would be removing them sharpish, otherwise they can see all of your connections – which could be suppliers, clients, partners, introducers and more. Hence removal is the way forward.

What about if someone you know loses the plot and starts ranting or being abusive on LinkedIn? Do you want to be associated with them? What about that person that treats LinkedIn like Twitter and bombards you with status updates every five minutes? How annoying!

It is always fascinating to see the reaction on a training course or at a conference as many don’t realise that a) you can do it and b) LinkedIn doesn’t tell them.

It is really simple process, assuming you’re using LinkedIn Connections (as opposed to Contact ) then simply hit network in the top menu to get the screen below.

Then either open a second browser or start a paper and pen list of all the connections you want to remove. This is one of those moments on a course when everyone sits forward and immediately identifies one person or hundreds that fit into the “I don’t really know them, competitor, ranter, was a mistake, bombards me or ex partners (!!)” and eagerly removes them, normally with an associated grin.

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Once you have your list, or a second browser open on the same page, hit ‘remove connections’ on the top right, see below

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Then simply tick beside each one you want to remove, hit remove and then yes I am sure and boom – they’re gone – bye!

Now enjoy! Go and remove all those people you don’t really know, the ones that limit your success with the biggest source of free referrals you can find.




2 thoughts on “How to delete a connection

  1. Julie Standfield

    Thanks James – really useful and I’ve tweeted it as I think many more people will thank you for the tutorial!

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