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✍️ Master styles & tones in ChatGPT

Tap into ChatGPT's hidden superpowers. Learn how to avoid default, generic output and get results in your preferred writing style and tone. ✍️

Your tone can say it all 🙊 (Giphy)

Welcome back to another edition of GPT Hacks. Today, we show you how to customize ChatGPT’s writing style and tone to suit your needs (and avoid results that are as generic as a dime-store novel 🙊).

💡Master styles and tones in ChatGPT

You can customize ChatGPT's writing style and tone to create highly engaging, targeted content that resonates with your audience and amplifies your impact. If you are writing along brand guidelines, training ChatGPT on style and tone is essential!

🌟 Why does it matter?

Better alignment with your target audience: The preferences and expectations of audiences can be very different. Formal and technical language doesn’t “fit” on social media. Slang doesn’t work so well in technical documents. You get the idea. Tailor the content to meet the expectations of your audience and the platform/medium where you communicate it.

Enhanced engagement: A well-crafted writing style and tone can significantly improve the engagement level of your content. Readers are more likely to be captivated by content that's written in a style they find relatable and appealing, which can lead to increased readership, sharing, commenting, and overall impact.

Consistency with your brand voice: When using ChatGPT specify the style and tone to help maintain consistency with your brand voice. Consistency is crucial for building brand recognition, trust, and loyalty among your customers.

Improved clarity and persuasiveness: When you specify the tone (e.g., persuasive, informative, or casual) and style (e.g., academic, conversational), you guide ChatGPT to focus on delivering content that is clear, concise, and tailored to your objectives. Clear communication is crucial for effective communication. In today's world of short attention spans, unclear writing can quickly lead to reader disengagement. And who wants to read muddy writing anyway?

Versatility in content creation: When you specify the style and tone, you can create a broad range of content types, for example: blog posts, social media updates, marketing copy, or technical documentation that are better designed to resonate with your reader.

🎯 Here's a step-by-step guide to mastering style & tone in ChatGPT

  1. First, understand the tone you want. Before asking ChatGPT for a specific style of writing or tone.

  2. Ask ChatGPT what your style and tone is. Use this prompt: “What is the writing style and tone of this text? [insert the text of an entire article you’ve written here]”.

  3. Specify what type of content you need. ChatGPT is “smart” enough to know the difference between writing a blog post, an email, a Slack message or whatever else you need. In addition to the style and tone, also remember to specify the format.

  4. Specify your desired writing style and tone. Armed with your preferred writing style, prompt and desired format, ask ChatGPT for text written with those guidelines.

Bonus: here’s a list of the popular 10 writing styles and tones that you can ask ChatGPT to use.

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✍️ Let's see an example

Imagine you're a content strategist looking to create an engaging article introducing the benefits of AI for small businesses. By providing ChatGPT clear context about your topic, target audience, and the desired writing style and tone, you will get more relevant and captivating content.

See what happens when you use style and tone vs when you don’t.

🚫 Basic Prompt

Write an introduction for an article about AI benefits for small businesses.

Basic Result
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming industries across the globe, and small businesses are no exception. In this article, we will explore the benefits of AI for small businesses and how they can harness its power to drive growth and success.

🎨 Awesome Prompt

Write a dynamic and captivating introduction for an article about AI benefits for small businesses, targeting tech-savvy entrepreneurs. The article will be published on our blog called, AI Your Biz. Use a conversational tone and weave in some humor to grab the reader's attention.

Awesome Result
Hey, tech-savvy entrepreneur! 👋 Ready to dive into the world of AI and watch your small business soar to new heights? Let's explore the mind-blowing benefits of AI that'll leave your competitors eating your digital dust. Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride! 🚀

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🚧 Things to Consider

ChatGPT may not always be perfect in capturing the desired style and tone. Some limitations:

  1. It sometimes struggles to maintain a specific style or tone throughout the text.

  2. It’s unable to accurately replicate unique or unconventional writing styles.

  3. It’s sensitive to variations in how you word your prompts. Nuance matters. For example, “What are effective ways to de-stress?” and “How can I overcome stress?” are slightly different but vary enough to give different results.

  4. If you live on the edgier side of things, ChatGPT may not be able to go there with you. (Erotic romance novelists, we’re talking to you.💋)

To overcome these limitations, try this:

  1. Provide clear instructions: Be explicit about the desired style and tone, and include examples of phrases or sentences that illustrate your expectations.

  2. Experiment with different prompt phrasings: Test various ways of conveying your desired style and tone to discover which prompts yield the best results.

  3. Iterate: If the initial output doesn't meet your expectations, try changing the prompt by - you guessed it - providing more context or emphasizing the desired style and tone.

  4. Provide references: If you have specific keywords (romantic, poetic, business-like) or an author in mind, mention it as a reference to help ChatGPT better understand your expectations.

🤖 Prompt to try

Write a post introducing our new Q&A forum for engineers powered by GPT4 in the voice of David Rose.

🖼 AI Image of the Day 

We use MidJourney to create new images to share with you. In future issues of GPT Hacks, we’ll have tips for MidJourney too. For now, enjoy this Portrait of Edmond de Belamy that we created in less than a minute but I am not sure anyone will pay $430k for it?! (see today’s fact below for more)

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

Midjourney Prompt: a painting brushwork of Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, in the style of barbizon school, genderless, blurred forms, loose, gestural marks, elegantly formal, light yellow and dark green, mingei --ar 40:21 --v 5

🛠 Tool to Try: Photo AI

PhotoAI.com - upload a couple of pictures of yourself and turn them into an entire photoshoot of images to choose from (sponsored).

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🌟 AI Fact of the Day

In 2018, an AI-generated artwork titled "Portrait of Edmond de Belamy" fetched a staggering $432,500 at a Christie's auction, showcasing the budding talent of AI in the art world.

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