Using ChatGPT is an art. If everyone knew how to get effective answers from ChatGPT, the world wouldn’t be hungry for prompt engineers, right?
Asking ChatGPT the right set of questions, putting guardrails around AI, and training it to answer in your style and tone isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
And that’s why we have come up with the 15 most effective ChatGPT tips you must know about if you use ChatGPT daily.
What are the Best ChatGPT Tips and Tricks?
This article has three sections:
- ChatGPT tips from Team-GPT: Our expert team has put together some tested tips to help you get better answers from AI.
- ChatGPT tips from Reddit: Comprehensively researched and tested tips from Reddit users.
- ChatGPT tips in general: A few best practices when using ChatGPT.
What are the Best Team-GPT Tips?
Let’s begin with ChatGPT tips from real experts in the field; that’s our team. 😉
1. Tailoring Prompts and Audience Specification
When instructing ChatGPT, customize your prompts for specific needs, knowledge levels, and audiences. This helps you get appropriate and relevant answers from the AI.
Suppose you’re addressing a professional audience; you’d use technical language and industry-specific terms. But, on the contrary, you will use simpler language when your audience is beginners.
When you set a persona for AI, you are directing it to adopt a certain role or perspective. This helps the AI adapt to the tone and nature of the expert you want it to be.
Prompt: Persona: Act like a seasoned financial analyst.
Goal: Explain the concept of blockchain technology to a group of high school students.
Context: Please provide a simplified overview that includes key principles but avoids overly technical jargon.
2. Encourage ChatGPT to Ask Clarifying Questions
When you ask ChatGPT to ask clarifying questions to make things clearer, you are expected to get much more precise answers after having a conversation with artificial intelligence.
Also, remember to use clear, direct language and avoid negative constructs like ‘don’t.’ The AI might get confused when you use don’t in your prompts – use do instead.
Prompt: Goal: Generate a business plan for the launch of my company’s new product.
Context: The product is a new type of shoe that is flexible and affordable. Ask me all the clarifying questions you need to understand the product and target market thoroughly. I will answer them for you.
3. Enhance Prompt Effectiveness with Chain of Thought Prompting
Chain of Thought (CoT) prompting encourages large language models to explain the reasoning behind their answers. To do so, you must give an example where you explain the reason behind the answer and then follow the reasoning with the next questions.
Let me explain to you with an example:
Prompt: Question: Dave has 5 oranges. He buys 2 more packs of oranges. Each pack has 6 oranges. How many oranges does Dave have now?
Answer: Dave started with 5 oranges. 2 packs of 6 oranges each is 12 oranges. 5 + 12 = 17. The answer is 17.
Question: A fruit vendor has 40 bananas. Suppose he sold 22 in the first half and bought 40 more bananas later. How many bananas is he left with?
With CoT prompting, we basically show ChatGPT how to answer a specific question.
4. Specify the Tone and Style You want the AI to Answer In
Specify the desired tone using adjectives (e.g., ‘serious,’ ‘funny’) and maintain the style of communication. For text revisions, instruct the AI to keep the original style intact while improving grammar and vocabulary.
Prompt: [insert text]
Goal: Revise the following text to enhance its grammar and vocabulary, ensuring that the original style is preserved.
Context: The text should be modified to sound more professional yet maintain its light-hearted and engaging tone. Additionally, ensure that the revised text flows smoothly and clearly conveys its message.
5. Structure Your Prompts Right
At Team-GPT, we have an effective, prompt structuring method that gives you better, precise answers every time you use ChatGPT.
We believe that every prompt must have at least 2 parts:
- Context: A section where you provide ChatGPT all the essential information needed for it to answer the questions you ask.
- Goal: The question you want to answer.
So, if you want ChatGPT to give you title ideas for a specific blog you’re about to write. Your goal is to Generate 10 title ideas for the blog post I am planning to write on [insert keyword]
Your context will be all about what you’re planning to write for the topic, a brief description of the headers you plan to cover, the tone you will write it, etc.
Apart from these 2 parts, there’s one other section we like to add to the prompts, and that’s Persona.
Giving ChatGPT persona, such as – act as a finance expert, act as a seasoned copywriter, etc., will get you better and more specific answers.
Prompt: Persona: Act as a native English copywriter in the Finance industry.
Context: I am planning to write an article on How Businesses Can Save Costs by Reducing Operational Costs.
Goal: Start by defining operational costs for me.
What are the Best ChatGPT Tips from Reddit?
Reddit is home to curious users who love experimenting and digging for tips, tricks, and hacks to use ChatGPT to the fullest. Below are five of the best ChatGPT tips from Reddit.
6. Reduce Ambiguity
Ambiguity is the quality of being open to more than one interpretation. No matter how good it sounds, when it comes to AI, ambiguity is a big NO. It confuses the chatbot, makes it hallucinate, and ends up giving generic or irrelevant responses.
At times, ChatGPT can also reflect ambiguity. However, Reddit users have a trick to prevent the AI from going haywire.
To reduce ambiguity and improve the response accuracy, ensure your prompts are as specific as possible.
For example, if you wish to generate a number-specific response, like a list of three, make sure your prompt conveys it explicitly.
Likewise, accompany every prompt with enough context and background. This prevents the AI from hallucinating or going off-track.
When you define specificities in your prompts, you’re asking ChatGPT to follow a predefined path and explore answers in a certain direction. As a result, getting more relevant and targeted responses.
Prompt: Goal: Provide a detailed comparison of the educational systems in Finland, Japan, and Canada.
Context: Specifically, focus on three aspects for each country: the structure of the school system (including primary, secondary, and higher education), the teaching methodologies employed, and the assessment and evaluation strategies used.
Also, include how these elements contribute to the overall success of students in international assessments like PISA. Please ensure the information is up-to-date as of 2024.
7. Breakdown Complex Questions to Smaller Ones
ChatGPT is a powerful tool. However, it struggles to answer complex questions. Especially those open-ended questions that require detailed explanations.
According to Reddit experts, breaking down complex questions into smaller, related queries encourages the AI to provide focused and detailed responses.
Suppose you’re struggling to come up with a marketing plan, and you prompt AI with, “How do I create a marketing plan?” You’d receive the same unhelpful, rephrased answers with no immediate steps.
Instead, break down the prompt into small fragments to get a detailed, actionable response. See the below prompt for an example.
Prompt: I’m looking to create a marketing plan for a small business selling watches. Please frame your response in the sequence below:
- What is the global market size for premium watches?
- Discuss the best marketing strategy to penetrate the market with real-life examples.
- Based on the answers, outline the steps to create an effective marketing plan for a small-sized business with less than 10 employees.
8. Utilizing Priming
Priming is a technique used to configure the AI to respond exactly the way you want it to. It helps you structure your prompts in the right manner. Reddit users suggest two ways for priming the model:
- Set expectations: Specify the desired format, style, or type of response you seek.
- Mention constraints: Include any restrictions/limitations to your response. For example, word limit, business size, budgets, and more.
Prompt: I’m looking for a comprehensive yet concise summary of the latest advancements in renewable energy technologies. Please provide this in a bullet-point format, with each point not exceeding two sentences.
Focus on developments within the last two years. The summary should be suitable for a business audience, particularly small to medium enterprises (SMEs) considering renewable energy solutions.
Limit your response to 300 words to ensure brevity.
9. Expand Response Length Limits
Despite being highly sophisticated, there’s a word limit to how long ChatGPT responses can be. The maximum response length of GPT-3.5 is 4,096 tokens (4000 words), and GPT-4 is 8,192 tokens ~ close to 6000 words.
While these limits seem sufficient, considering the AI use cases, they are not. For someone looking to generate an entire book or documentation, the AI response limits are major roadblocks in using the tool at optimum levels.
However, there’s a hack to extend the response length limits.
Simply typing “Continue” when ChatGPT has touched the threshold limit is enough to have it pick up where it left off.
10. Unlock Response Type Restrictions
Sometimes, ChatGPT is unable to generate a response. Maybe because you asked a vague question or the input is incorrect or incomplete.
To overcome this issue, we came across two tips on Reddit:
- Nudging: Asking a few related questions before jumping to the main question often helps the AI to generate a correct response (it’s like playing a rapid-fire game).
- Being indirect: Rather than asking a direct question, ask AI to give an example of it (the example itself being the desired output).
For example, instead of “Write a story about a friendship between 3 people,” ask, “Write an example of a story including three people and friendship.” Of course, there are other methods, too, but most follow the same principle.
What are the Best ChatGPT Tips In General?
11. Use Follow-up Prompts to Iterate and Refine Answers
If you are unsatisfied with a response or need further clarification, follow-up prompts are your best shot.
Being a conversational AI model, ChatGPT is capable of maintaining context to a certain time period. This allows you to ask nested questions or engage in back-and-forth dialogues with the AI.
In fact, you shouldn’t expect to get a perfect answer from AI after a single question; having back-and-forth conversations with AI is the best way to utilize it.
Prompt: Persona: Act as an experienced content marketer.
Goal: Give me topics in the niche Task management that I can write blogs and social media posts about.
Context: I plan on growing my brand organically by posting twice a week on social media and writing one blog per week for my website.
Follow-up prompt: What do you think I should do apart from posting on social media and growing a blog to Grow my brand that sells a task management app to businesses?
12. Rename Your Chat Logs
Imagine leaving half-done research on the dashboard, taking a long break, and coming back to an all-nighter, only to figure out that you lost track of all previous conversations just because of a messed-up Chat Log history.
ChatGPT users often overlook chat logs. However, they are extremely useful if you’re planning to have a long conversation with the AI.
The good part is that ChatGPT allows you to rename your Chat Logs. Doing this helps organize your conversations in a findable way.
For starters, chatlog is your chat history that ChatGPT saves. You can see it on the left-hand side of the screen.
To rename any chat, all you have to do is click on the three dots beside the chat log and click ‘Rename.’
And that’s it.
13. Use Controlled Generation for Desired Outputs
Controlled generation requires you to add certain instructions within prompts to guide the style and length of output generated.
For example, adding instructions like “Write within 300 words”, “Write in US English,” or “Divide the answer into five one-liner bullet points.” Tune the output to fit your defined requirements.
Prompt: Goal: Explain the process of photosynthesis in a concise manner, focusing on its importance to the environment.
Context: Write the explanation in simple US English, aim for around 300 words, and structure the answer in three clear paragraphs. The first paragraph should introduce photosynthesis, the second should detail the process, and the third should discuss its environmental significance.
14. Understand ChatGPT’s Limitations
ChatGPT is neither a genius nor a maverick. The AI cannot create something on its own until it’s already there in its dataset.
ChatGPT Plus users can browse the web, but again, the information is biased and rephrased from what’s already available on the web, raising plagiarism concerns among many users.
Besides, it’s not uncommon for the AI to generate incorrect information, misunderstand questions, or lack the latest updates on certain topics.
Hence, the best ChatGPT tip we can offer is always to verify critical information with personal research.
15. Go Beyond Limits with Plugins, Tools, and Modes
ChatGPT is home to plugins from Expedia, Instacart, Shop, Zapier, and more. This means you can book tickets, shop for groceries, and automate apps using simple text-based prompts.
No clicks. No switching tabs.
To those unaware, ChatGPT can also help you with coding. It has a built-in Python interpreter plugin along with some ephemeral disk space. The interpreter can understand, evaluate, and run Python codes for you. Python is just one of many languages ChatGPT helps you code in.
What’s more, ChatGPT also supports file upload and download with multiple input options (voice and image).
👀 Note: All these features are premium and available only for the ChatGPT Plus and above plans. The Plus plan costs $20 per month.
Prompt: [upload your data sheet]
Analyze the sheet for me and sketch a graph of Occupation v Salary.
Collaborate with Your Team on Team-GPT
In simplest terms, Team-GPT lets you use ChatGPT with your team. It lets you talk to AI together so you can work in tandem and actually make AI a part of your team.
Our platform offers certain features that help you increase your business’s overall work productivity significantly.
Here are some of them:
- Folders and subfolders: Organize your work, lessons, and prompts in folders and subfolders.
- View-only feature: This feature comes in handy when sharing chats with team members. When you turn on the view-only option, your teammates can only view the chat and not change anything. But they will be free to make their own copy of the chat and edit it.
- Reports: Tracks KPIs like who uses the AI the most, the number of messages or chats every team member has, how your team adopted AI as a whole, and many more.
You can also import your ChatGPT chat history to Team-GPT and carry out your conversations without losing any research you might have done earlier.
Sounds exciting, right? Sign up for our free plan, onboard a teammate, and use Team-GPT to adopt AI in your business.
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I teach data science and AI to 1.2M students on Udemy. I'm co-founder of 365 Data Science, 3veta, and Team-GPT. My work is mostly focused on helping people and organizations adopt AI.