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Mastering Evergreen instructions
Mastering Evergreen instructions

Ensuring consistently excellent outputs

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Written by Joe Sutcliffe
Updated over a week ago

Evergreen AI instructions extend an invitation to the world of continuous and hassle-free content creation. With a well-crafted instruction, your evergreen posts could range from motivational quotes and advice to diverse topics, crucial for consistent audience engagement. Yet, crafting the 'perfect' intstruction can sometimes be challenging, given the possibility of undesirable outputs due to poor prompt design. Fear not, as we steer you through the path of mastering evergreen instruction using 'Good Practice' guidelines and helping you identify common pitfalls to avoid. (Check out our general prompts guidance help article here.)

Understanding and Avoiding Bad Outputs

A 'bad' output is generally the result of an unclear or poorly constructed instructions. It might be tempting to draft a vague or open-ended instruction offering the AI wide latitude to generate content. However, this usually results in outputs that severely deviate from the expected result. Hence, a vital rule to abide by is specificity. Provide the AI with explicit instructions about what to create. Here is an example of a bad output, as a result of poor instructions.

The Anatomy of Effective Evergreen Instructions

Drawing from various examples, we can identify several unifying themes that constitute good Evergreen AI Instructions:

  1. Clear Objective: The instruction should contain a clearly stated goal. The AI needs to understand the aim of the content it should generate.

  2. Defined Format or Structure: Successful instructions often include instructions for a specific format.

  3. Engagement Hooks: To boost interaction, instructions can include specifics to finish with an open-ended question, or a compelling statement.

  4. Usage of Contextual Hints: Using specific phrases and emojis helps the AI understand the tone and formality level.

  5. Instances of Desired Number of Points: Having a defined number of bullet points or items and their length helps control the flow and depth of information.

By addressing these themes, we can craft effective Evergreen AI instructions that deliver consistently desirable output.

Extracting Themes from Examples

Observe good examples of Evergreen AI instructions in the Prompt Library, like 'Trendy topic,' 'A random question,' 'Best advice for personal growth,' and 'You don't need to be an expert.' All these instructions share a clear purpose; conciseness, which makes each instruction distinct and easy to follow; they all allude to the format, interaction, or engagement the output should have; and importantly, each provides a comprehensive model for the AI to follow.

When crafting your Evergreen AI Instruction, we recommend the following key guidelines to guarantee effective results:

  • Make your goal clear from the start.

  • Be specific about the topic, format, structure, and interaction strategy.

  • Guide the AI on length, tone, and depth.

  • Use indicators like emojis to provide tone and context where necessary.

  • Provide a comprehensive model representing your expected output.

Remember, the success of an Evergreen AI Instruction lies in its specificity and clarity. With these trademarks, your Evergreen AI Instruction would consistently yield content that would engage, inform, and grow your audiences effortlessly.

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