Friend or Frenemy? Sometimes it makes sense to remove a LinkedIn connection.

Often times we make a habit of connecting with co-workers and strategic alliances. It’s good business to do so, because they may have some insight into an account or relationships that we can leverage to get new business.

But what happens when your connection becomes your competitor? You don’t want them to see who you are strategically aligned with and you don’t want them to see the prospects and customers you are connecting with.

It might make sense to remove the connection (more about the consequences below).

Within the profile of your connection hover over the drop down arrow next to Send a message and then select Remove connection.

Remove LinkedIn Connection

Consequences:

  • When you remove a connection, he or she won’t receive a notification.
  • After removing a connection, any recommendations or endorsements between you and that person will be withdrawn.
  • Only the member who breaks the connection can reinitiate that connection.

Do you want to remove several connections at once? You can do that too.

  1. Move your cursor over Connections at the top of your homepage and select Keep in Touch.
  2. Click Filter by and select Connections Only.
  3. Check the box next to the connections you’d like to remove.
  4. Click More above the first connection and select Remove from Contacts.

If you notice that someone is egregiously following you and calling on your prospects you can block that person altogether.  See LinkedIn’s instructions for blocking here.

While I hope that you don’t find yourself removing a lot of connections; sometimes it’s just necessary, and I hope you find these tips helpful.

Happy networking,

Rebecca

P.S. That is my amazing husband. He is still a first degree connection and no, I didn’t get his permission to use his likeness, but our lawyers can argue about that later.

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