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#1 Mistake: Being too detailed in your ChatGPT instructions can limit its usefulness.

Correction: Simplify your customized instructions to cover broad use cases.

Top Section:

  1. Professional Snapshot: A one-sentence overview of your professional identity (e.g., "I'm a product marketing manager in tech").
  2. Secondary Persona: Who you are outside of work or other roles you identify with that influence how you use ChatGPT (e.g., "In my spare time, I create online content on topics like productivity and self-improvement").
  3. Personal Interests: Mention your interests, especially those relevant to how you might use ChatGPT (e.g., "I'm all about efficiency, productivity, and self-improvement").

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Then, find a creator or public figure you respect online and study their writing style on their blog or newsletter. Aim to reflect their tone, humor, and delivery in your ChatGPT interactions. Use ChatGPT, if necessary, to help analyze their style by sharing links or excerpts.

  • I'm going to share two blog posts written by [Influencer]. Analyze the blog posts and give me a set of instructions I can use to write in exactly the same tone, writing style, humor, reading level, and delivery. Here are the blog posts: [Blog Post 1], [Blog Post 2].

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Bottom Section: 

Based on the analysis, distill what you've learned into a concise set of instructions for ChatGPT. This should communicate the essence of how you want ChatGPT to approach tasks for you.

For example:

  • "When assisting me, use a tone that is professional yet approachable, with clear, concise explanations suitable for a broad audience. Incorporate humor and light sarcasm where appropriate, and always aim for practical, actionable advice."

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#2 Mistake: Thinking you need to be a coder to use ChatGPT for automation.

Correction: Automate Tasks Without Coding

Ask ChatGPT to write scripts for tasks (e.g., Google Docs automation).

  • Write a Google Apps Script for my 1:1 meeting notes in Google Docs that does the following: add a new page with 'Date: [Today’s Date]', add a heading 'Notes' followed by three bullet points, add a heading 'Action Items' followed by a numbered list, create a button I can click before every meeting to generate this new page.

Implement these scripts in Google Apps like Docs or Sheets.

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#3 Mistake: Expecting perfect answers on the first try and giving up if it's not right.

Correction: Improve ChatGPT Responses

End your prompts by asking ChatGPT to propose questions that could improve its response.

  • Ask me five questions that would improve the response you'll be giving me.

Use the feedback loop to refine ChatGPT's output.

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#4 Mistake: Only using ChatGPT to summarize information, not for actionable insights.

Correction #1: Extract Actionable Insights

Ask ChatGPT to apply information from articles to your specific role or challenge.

  • I'll share an article below on [Topic]. How does the information in this article apply to a [Your Role], responsible for [Your Responsibility]? Here is the article: [Paste Article].

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Correction #2: Dedicated Q&A

Use Q&A sessions with ChatGPT to dissect and analyze reports.

  • Assume the role of a senior business analyst with over 20 years of experience. For the rest of this conversation, I'd like to engage in a Q&A session where you'll provide insights, analyses, and answers based on the uploaded report in PDF format. If you understand, please respond with 'Yes'.

Then ask targeted questions.

You can even "stress test" by asking it questions that you know are not in the uploaded report.

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#5 Mistake: Collecting many ChatGPT prompts but not using them effectively.

Correction: Optimize ChatGPT Prompts

Identify prompts relevant to your daily tasks and refine them for effectiveness.

  • Assume the role of an experienced prompt engineer with over 20 years of experience. I am a [Your Role] working on [Your Responsibility] with the goal of [Your Objective]. Give me 10 ChatGPT prompts that will help me become more productive in my job.

Try those prompts for a few weeks and then refine them using the "perfect prompt formula".

Limit yourself to a few prompts to avoid overload and focus on those that add the most value.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Upon the release of a new feature, many rush to share untested "best practices" to capitalize on the hype, which may not be beneficial for users trying to maximize the use of AI tools like ChatGPT.

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