ChatGPT is an easy tool to use, but there is so much more you can get out of it with the right tweaks. Here are some simple strategies that can help you maximize ChatGPT performance.
Specify the Output
When you ask ChatGPT a question or give it a task, you can specify how it replies.
For example, if you want to know the largest mountain ranges in Africa, ask ChatGPT: "What are the largest mountain ranges in Africa? List 5 in a bullet list."
Or, tell it to submit the information in a table or to format the list in HTML. Maybe you want to limit the responses to a certain number of words or paragraphs.
For example: "Explain quantum physics in 50 words".
Another way of specifying the output is telling ChatGPT who the audience is. Are you speaking to business owners, high schoolers, etc?
If ChatGPT doesn't follow your responses you can always correct it and try again.
Combine ChatGPT with Other AI Tools
ChatGPT can help you write prompts for other tools like Dall-E or Midjourney.
If you ask it to come up with the right inputs, ChatGPT will print out text you can copy and paste straight into other tools.
The more detailed and specific you are the better. Use ChatGPT to add more detail, or have it pretend it's a prompt generator.
You can even ask ChatGPT directly for tips on how to use it.
Make ChatGPT More Thorough
As powerful as ChatGPT can be, it's prone to freak out every so often. This will make the output of some tasks misleading or just plain wrong.
You can slow some of these errors down by forcing the AI to give you more detailed answers.
For example, let's say you are looking for the synonym of a word: "Find a word similar to decay that starts with a P".
There are different meanings for the word "decay", so ChatGPT might go off one definition.
To get a better answer, you could tell the AI you're looking for a verb, not a noun. It may take longer, but you're making ChatGPT look deeper into its database.
Let the AI "breathe". This approach gives the AI time to consider all its options.
Break the Limits
There is a lot you can do with the free version of ChatGPT, but some outputs can end up being shorter than intended.
You can get around the character limit by saying "Go on" and the AI will continue where it left off, giving you a more detailed answer.
ChatGPT is designed to respond to what you ask, with some exceptions. If the chatbot thinks your request is off-limits, it will disobey you.
You can jailbreak ChatGPT to unlock its database with a specific prompt. The prompt tricks AI into playing a character.
You might have to re-prompt the AI to get an answer, but sometimes it can stay in character throughout the session.
Leverage the Translator
Google Translate has a very mechanical word-to-word translation.
ChatGPT is an excellent and free translator. Since it's designed to generate contextual responses, it will do a much better job than Google Translate.
If you’re unsure of the exact meaning of phrases and sentences, ask ChatGPT to translate the text into your preferred language.
You can use ChatGPT’s translation to get a better understanding of poems, books, articles, or other literary works to get a more profound meaning.
Specify how you want ChatGPT to answer your questions or complete your tasks.
Combine ChatGPT with other AI tools to get the most out of different language models.
Try to give the AI specific instructions and detailed questions. ChatGPT will do more if more is asked.
Don't settle for one answer at a time. You can break the character limits of ChatGPT but telling it "go on".
And replace Google Translate with ChatGPT to get better results with foreign language documents.