I’ll come to the step by step tutorial of how in a moment, but before I get to that here are the 3 most common reasons for LEAVING a LinkedIn Group:
(1) You joined a group expecting it to be more informative / engaging / useful / fun and it turned out to be exactly the opposite and a giant waste of your time. If a LinkedIn Group is not an obvious fit for you and you don’t see any advantages in staying a member, then it may be time to exit that Group.
(2) The Group has become a spam-infested torrent of self-promotion. There are so-called ‘Zombie Groups’ which lurch day to day and continue in existence regardless of no one being present at the controls. The Zombie Group’s owner is usually awol or worse, can’t be bothered to run the Group properly. If the Discussion area (the Group’s front or home page) is a turn-off and you’re not benefiting from this aspect, it may be time to run from the Zombie.
(3) You find another Group which you really want to join but you’ve already joined the maximum of 50 Groups. Drop another Group ensuring that it is a Group without a ‘wait time’ (some Groups can take weeks to allow new entrants), that way, if you want to ditch the new one and go back to the dropped one, it will be relatively simple/painless.
DON”T LEAVE a LinkedIn Group for any of the following reasons:
(1) You receive far too much information in the form of Group Digests, Announcements and Messages from the Group. Why is this not a good reason to exit a Group? Because you can turn off some (or all) of these sources in your LinkedIn ‘Settings’ Panel (watch for this how-to in my forthcoming article). So by fine-tuning comms you could otherwise benefit from being in a great Group, with non of the information-overload downside. This is the NOT throwing the baby out with the bathwater, approach.
(2) If the Group you are contemplating leaving has more than 10,000 members. Generally speaking, large groups are an excellent way to network on LinkedIn and these mega-groups provide you with valuable bandwidth regardless of how small your own set of 1st Connections are. Belonging to large Groups more than makes up for the lack of personal or direct connections. Obviously go ahead and leave the 10k strong Group for another 10k group (or larger). Leaving a 10k Group for a 500 member group would not make networking sense unless you were getting something other than pure networking bandwidth, out of the swap.
(3) If the Group you want to leave made it difficult to join in the first place. Don’t leave the hard-to-join Group unless you are prepared to jump through hoops again if you ever decide to re-join. Also, it’s possible that when you joined the Group, it did not have the rigorous selection criterion in place (LinkedIn Groups tend to evolve in this way) so think hard about your chances of re-entry, do you want to take the risk on not getting back in? Alumni and Trade/Professional Association Groups are good examples of hard-to-join Groups on LinkedIn.
Here are the steps you need to take to leave a LinkedIn Group:
(i) Go to the Group you want to leave (click on the Group’s icon or Group’s name).
(ii) Click on “More” and a drop down menu will appear
(iii) Click on “Your Settings” and you will see a lightly shaded grey box saying “Leave Group”
(iv) Click on “Leave Group” and a green message bar will confirm that you have left that Group.
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By Andy Foote