22 Mar ChatGPT edited my son’s resume, and even he was impressed.
Like many people, I’ve been caught up in the recent AI wave.
It was just a couple of months ago that I was introduced to the technology, but it has been a game changer for me. I’ve used it to help me with everything from questions for my quiz lead magnet to helping my soon-to-graduate-from-college son edit his resume. (Even he grudgingly admitted the result was better.)
If you haven’t already tried it, I recommend you head over to https://chat.openai.com/ and set up an account. Here are some tips for how to get the most out of it:
Be specific in your requests
I used ChatGPT to help me brainstorm names for the entrepreneur styles that will be part of my upcoming quiz lead magnet. The styles are: Promoter, Supporter, Analyzer, and Controller.
At first, the responses didn’t have any theme or cleverness even though they were accurate: “Supporter” became “Ally.” Then I asked it to give me humorous names. I got “High-Five Hero” and “Chief Encouragement Officer.” Now we were on to something. I asked it to give me names for each type playing off the “CEO” theme, and it delivered: Promoter became “Chief Enthusiasm Officer,” Supporter became “Chief Empowerment Officer,” Analyst became “Chief Expert Officer,” and Controller became “Chief Excellence Officer.”
Use it to edit content you have already written
AI text can sound pretty generic if you just give it a command like “Write a blog post about the benefits of using CRM.” Sure, the information will flow well and it will actually come up with some good benefits, but you’ll feel like you’re reading a lifeless, watered down version of a solution to a real business problem. The content will be much better if you write out your ideas first, and then ask ChapGPT to fill in the details.
I have also found that it’s an excellent editor when I’m struggling to come up with a way to make a sentence clearer. Witness: I asked it to make that sentence clearer and it wrote: “I have discovered that it is an excellent tool for editing when I am having difficulty making a sentence more clear.” Moderately better. When I asked it to make it more clever it came up with “Not only does it serve as an exceptional editor, but it also comes in handy when I’m grappling with the challenge of sharpening a sentence’s clarity.” (In the words of Ronald Weasley, “Overkill, mate.”)
Try multiple times multiple ways
You can ask it to deliver the text in a specific voice, like “sassy” or “lighthearted” or even “in the style of a NYC comedian.” I’ve literally laughed out loud at some of the responses. The best part? You can keep getting more and more specific and it will keep spitting them out.
(Weird side note – at first I found myself reluctant to keep asking it to generate new responses. Because it mimics how humans communicate, I was interacting with it like it WAS a human. I had to remind myself it was a machine that was designed to continually spit out information.)
Save the responses in a different document to save it
Technically ChatGPT will save your previous chats but the software is still in beta mode, so no guarantees. I create a draft document and dump all my questions and answers into it while I’m chatting. That way I can go back to see the progression and revisit what I liked previously.
Don’t completely trust it
The downside of AI? The text can be fairly generic sounding. And worse than that, it can be flat out inaccurate. Consider this: I asked AI to give me inspirational quotes. It did – and all of them were men. So, I got more specific. Give me 20 inspirational quotes by women. Here’s a sampling of what I got:
1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill, quoted by Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, quoted by Oprah Winfrey, media executive, and TV host
Of the 20 quotes, 8 of them were actually men. When I informed ChatGPT that Winston Churchill was actually a man, it apologized (literally) and gave me 20 more – many of which were also men. (PS to this – ya gotta assume that Oprah Winfrey has a few quotes of her own??)
The majority of my experience has been very positive, especially when I need ideas or a copy editor. And if it helps my son Julian land a job, we’ll all be better off!
Using a tool like AI can be very helpful to alleviate some of the frustrations you have in your business around copywriting, but it’s just one piece of the larger puzzle of running your business. Schedule a free 45-minute business strategy session with me so we can have a conversation about how business coaching can help you.