Dean Clough

June 5, 2023

Portico Darwin: How to Prompt ChatGPT


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Happy Monday and let's dive right in with something useful for your week and beyond.  As promised, here is a list of 15 pretty darned Killer prompts for getting actual value from ChatGPT (or any other AI text engine). 

I do wish I could claim credit for these, but I cannot:  I grabbed it from LinkedIn, where these were posted by Zain Kahn, the self-proclaimed AI Guy.

In case you've been asleep under a rock, or worse, haven't read this blog, ChatGPT is the leading text-based generative artificial intelligence engine.  In other words, you ask it any question, it draws on its LLM - large language model, in this case the Internet itself - and the AI provides an answer.  Which is often correct.

If you're curious and haven't yet tried any of this, there's nothing to be afraid of and now you have help getting started.  It's also free.  Here is the link for ChatGPT.

Without further ado - shocker, I know - here are 15 ChatGPT prompts for getting actual shit done, starting with one shared previously.

1. Use the 80/20 principle to learn faster:

"I want to learn about [insert topic]. Identify and share the most important 20% of learnings from this topic that will help me understand 80% of it."

2. Improve your writing by getting feedback:

[paste your writing]

"Proofread my writing above.  Fix grammar and spelling mistakes.  And make suggestions that will improve the clarity of my writing"

3. Turn ChatGPT into your intern:

"I am creating a report about [insert topic].  Research and create an in-depth report with a step-by-step guide that will help readers understand how to [insert outcome]."

4. Learn any new skill:

"I want to learn [insert desired skill].  Create a 30 day learning plan that will help a beginner like me learn and improve this skill."

5. Strengthen your learning by testing yourself:

"I am currently learning about [insert topic].  Ask me a series of questions that will test my knowledge.  Identify knowledge gaps in my answers and give me better answers to fill those gaps."

6. Train ChatGPT to generate prompts for you:

"You are an AI designed to help [insert profession].  Generate a list of the 10 best prompts for yourself."

7. Get ChatGPT to write in your style:

"Analyze the writing style from the text below and write a 200 word piece guide on [insert topic]"

[insert your text]

8. Learn any complex topic in only a few minutes:

"Explain [insert topic] in simple and easy terms that any beginner can understand."

9. Generate new ideas:

"I want to [insert task or goal]. Generate [insert desired outcome] for [insert task or goal]."

10. Summarize long documents and articles:

"Summarize the text below and give me a list of bullet points with key insights and the most important facts."

[insert text]

11. Solve problems faster:

[insert problem]

"Give me a step-by-step solution to the problem above with clear instructions on how to execute each step."

12. Make better decisions faster:

"I am trying to decide if I should [insert decision].  Give me a list of pros and cons that will help me decide why I should or shouldn't make this decision."

13. Get short and insight-packed book summaries:

"Summarize the book [insert book] by the author [insert author] and give me a list of the most important learnings and insights."

14. Understand things faster by simplifying complex texts.

"Rewrite the text below and make it easy for a beginner to understand".

[insert text]

15. Eliminate writer's block:

"I'm writing a blog post about [insert topic]. I can't come up with a catchy title. Give me a list of 5 suggestions for the blog title for this piece."

Amazing list!  Except for that last one:  isn't that what Scotch and weed are for?
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Have a great week - I know I will.


Fi Deuce, a.k.a. the rational one, perfectly captured the danger of my beloved Presidio: 

Completely agree on bikes going too fast.  They get so close to you when they pass, if you alter your step in any way, that’s it!  

It's all worth it, though.  This was the view from there on Friday.


I've loved R.E.M. from the get-go, yet I've always felt the pick for KLUF today is just a smidge overrated.  But I can understand why this melancholic and maudlin swamp of a record is so loved.  It indeed has many beautiful moments, and also "Ignoreland", one of their all-time best rockers.  Here is Automatic for The People.

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