“Help Me Help You.” How to Get AI Chatbots To Prompt Themselves.
Using LLMs and chatbots to improve your prompting on the fly.
Happy Thursday, cyber-sloths!
One of my resolutions this year is to help connect more dots for my readers.
I want to move from “Look, a cool AI tool!” to “Here’s a practical way to actually use it in your own life!”
To that end, I’ll kick things off by sharing two ways you can get better results out of an AI chatbot by…asking the chatbot itself.
Note: I’ll be using ChatGPT as my reference for this post, but everything here should apply to any other AI chatbot or large language model.
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“Can’t I just use a copy-paste prompt?”
You could…but my aversion to this approach is well-documented:
Now, simple templates for generic tasks—especially in the context of a broader workflow—can be quite useful. (See this post by)
Also, if you’ve worked out your own prompt that’s tailored to your needs, you should 100% reuse it instead of reinventing the wheel every time. (You might even want to bake the prompt into a custom GPT or add it to your Custom Instructions.)
However, I’m a proponent of learning the ropes while working with AI instead of grabbing somebody else’s off-the-shelf, cookie-cutter prompt that may or may not fit my situation.
With that mini-rant over, let’s look at the two methods and real-life examples.