Tips and tricks for using ChatGPT

By - August 14, 2023

This ChatGPT tip sheet offers a quick reference to essential commands, shortcuts and methodologies, allowing users ranging from novice to expert to leverage the power of ChatGPT with ease and precision.

Key terms and definitions

  • OpenAI: The organization that developed ChatGPT
  • ChatGPT: Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that generates human-like text
  • Generative AI: AI that creates new content based on learned patterns
  • AI models: Programs that learn from data to make predictions
  • Large language models (LLMs): AI that processes and generates human-like text
  • Prompts: Phrases or instruction (inputs) sent to ChatGPT
  • Prompt engineering: Strategy to optimize ChatGPT inputs
  • Microsoft Co-Pilot: AI assistant for Microsoft 365

10 common use cases for ChatGPT

  1. Customer support: Responding to queries
  2. Content creation: Producing creative text
  3. Language translation: Translating text
  4. Educational support: Offering interactive lessons
  5. Virtual assistant: Scheduling and Q&A
  6. Code writing: Assisting in programming
  7. Chatbots: Interacting with users
  8. Game design: Building game narratives
  9. Knowledge base: Answering questions
  10. Creative writing aid: Supporting writers

Prompt examples

  • System instruction: “You are an assistant who speaks like Shakespeare. Provide a response to ‘How are you doing today?'”
  • Specific context: “In the context of finance, explain the term ‘dividend.'”
  • Asking for pros and cons: “What are the pros and cons of using solar energy as a renewable resource?”
  • Narrowing down: “Limit your response to two sentences: What is the capital of Japan?”
  • Role-play interaction: “You are a restaurant critic. Write a review of a fictional restaurant called ‘Taste of Heaven.'”
  • Completing a sentence: “Finish this sentence: ‘Innovation is important because…'”
  • Opinions vs. facts: “What is your opinion on the impact of social media on society? Provide both positive and negative aspects.”
  • Comparing and contrasting: “Compare and contrast the main characters of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings.'”
  • Request for personal experience: “Share a personal experience where you overcame a challenge in your life.”
  • Conditional prompt: “If you were planning a trip to Paris, what are the top three places you would visit and why?”

Prompt frameworks

When interacting with ChatGPT, it’s crucial to provide a clear and well-structured prompt in generating meaningful and useful responses.

  • RTF (role, task, format)
  • CTF (context, task, format)
  • RASCEF (role, action, steps, context, examples, format)

Two methods for prompting:

  • Megaprompts: Write one big message that contains all of the above (i.e., ask for a full press release)
  • Prompt chaining: Break down the tasks into smaller steps (i.e., start by asking for a blog post idea, then an outline, then the content)


ChatGPT can adapt its tone based on the context and prompt it receives.

 “Tone: [x]” or “Write using a [x] tone”

  • Authoritative: Expresses confidence and knowledge
  • Empathetic: Shows understanding and compassion
  • Creative: Uses imagination in outputs
  • Neutral: Avoids bias, personal opinions, or judgments
  • Persuasive: Influences opinions or convinces
  • Enthusiastic: Demonstrates excitement and positivity
  • Formal: Uses professional language for official contexts
  • Informative: Provides factual and detailed information
  • Friendly: Has a warm and approachable tone
  • Professional: Uses a serious tone for formal interactions
  • Casual: Uses relaxed and informal language

Responsible use and miscellaneous tips

  • Avoid bias: Use diverse, representative training data
  • Fact check: Confirm ChatGPT’s responses for accuracy
  • Disclose AI usage: Inform users they’re interacting with AI
  • Set expectations: Clarify ChatGPT’s capabilities and limitations
  • Prevent harmful content: Don’t use ChatGPT for harmful or offensive content
  • Maintain privacy: Don’t share sensitive personal information while interacting
  • Tabular format option:  Ask ChatGPT to output response in a table
  • Copy and paste text:  Simplify something you don’t understand, or summarize
  • Output style:  Ask ChatGPT to output the response in the style of your favorite author or company

Additional resources

10 popular ChatGPT plug-ins

  1. Zapier: Automates workflow
  2. Kayak: Provides travel information
  3. AskYourPDF: Pulls data out of PDFs
  4. Link Reader: Searches the web
  5. Open Table: Makes reservations
  6. Prompt Perfect: Helps to ask the right questions
  7. VoxScript: Searches through YouTube
  8. Wolfram: Provides the best answers for math, science and finance
  9. There’s An AI For That: Finds useful AI programs
  10. What to Watch: Finds streaming shows

Prompt resources

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Download our ChatGPT tip sheet as a pdf

Diego Rosenfeld is a principal in RSM’s Boston office, serving as the national go-to-market leader for managed IT services (MITS) and a member of the RSM managed technology services leadership team. As go-to-market leader, Diego oversees MITS product strategy and regional and market-based client engagement teams. He works hand in hand with RSM industry teams to develop managed services that integrate our rich capabilities into scalable, industry-relevant offerings.

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