I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t always follow my own advice. But today is a new day and any time is the right time for improvement.
When people ask me for LinkedIn advice, I always stress the importance of only connecting with people you actually know. However, after going through my list of contacts, I realized that I haven’t been following my own advice.
Okay, so I’ve never met Samuel Willoughby from Texas, but he’s kind of cute and he probably has a really awesome accent. Granted, I added him as a LinkedIn connection five or so years ago when I was merely beginning my college career. But now I’m older, wiser and married, and I have to stop adding cute boys on LinkedIn whenever they ask.
My point is, the whole purpose of social networking on LinkedIn is to build professional relationships with people you’ve already connected with IRL (that’s internet lingo for “in real life”).
So, take a look at your own contact list. Do you really know the 500+ connections you have? Or are you like me and are guilty of adding everyone and anyone who requests a connection? If so, it’s time to purge your LinkedIn contacts list so you can begin to focus on nurturing those true relationships. I mean, isn’t that what social netoworking is all about?
Below is a LinkedIn Map of my connections. Pretty neat, huh? Make your own LinkedIn Map here!
How to Remove a LinkedIn Connection
Step 1: Hover over the Network tab at the very top of your home page then click on Contacts.
Step 2: Click on Remove Connections at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Step 3: Go through your list of contacts and check each connection you want to remove. (Tip: If you have to think longer than 5 seconds about how you know this person, you probably don’t. Remove him/her!)
Step 4: Click the blue Remove Connections button. (LinkedIn will ask if you’re sure you want to remove the following connections. I know it’s hard, but if you love something, you have to let it go.)
Step 5: Click Yes, remove them
Step 6: Let the overwhelming sense of satisfaction in knowing that you’re on your way to being a better LinkedIn member wash over you.
Congrats! You did it. As John Lennon once said: “Being honest may not get you many LinkedIn connections, but it’ll always get you the right ones.”