In our previous blog ”Where are the social media boundaries?” we identified the growing epidemic of LinkedIn users using their profiles like Facebook to align themselves as the King of their followers; the ‘Civilian politician,’ so, we decided to expand on this and compile a list of the most annoying habits users will dislike you for on LinkedIn (and perhaps in life in general…);

1.Being continuously unreliable in setting up meetings to discuss potential business, continuously cancelling meetings and/or being late for scheduled Skype or business phone calls. In essence, you are wasting other peoples’ times when you do this and sending out the message that you believe your own time is more important than theirs.   Sometimes we all have to cancel or reschedule meetings due to unforeseen circumstances, but continuous ‘flaky’ behaviour will ensure you are not seen as serious and will lose potential business and clients.

2. Treat everyone equally; if you ignore professionals you view as being ‘beneath your pay grade’ and instead only show polite manners and considerate behaviours towards those you view as equals or people ‘above you,’ you will quickly damage your character and reputation as a ‘suck-up,’ a ‘fake’ and a ‘user.’ One reason everyone loves Richard Branson so much is because despite his incredible success, he sees everyone equally and treats his staff like friends.

3. Constantly asking for favors but never offering anything in return; this is probably one of the biggest turn-off behaviors. On LinkedIn in particular, there’s often an influx of users who make no attempt to connect with anyone until they want something, and send out a survey link to all contacts without even writing a quick note requesting people’s help and offering to do the same for them in return.

4.Ignoring messages, questions and/or posts; this can be perceived as rude and arrogant.

5.Pushing opinions aggressively and continuously trying to hide bragging with humble wording; everybody has an opinion and it’s not our place to aggressively tell people their wrong, or don’t know what they’re talking about, so always try and be tactful, and let your work and clients brag for you!



Nathanial Bibby is the Founder of LinkedIn marketing agency Bibby Consulting Group, 2x winner at the Social Media Marketing Awards for Best Use of LinkedIn 2019-2020. Nathanial is the creator and host of LinkedIn Heroes, Monday Night Live & The Nathanial Bibby Podcast. The Social Media Marketing Institute ranked him #1 on the Top 20 LinkedIn Experts in the Asia Pacific region.