“Smells Like Teen Spirit” isn’t just a song. We’ve all been there. The squeaky voice, the gangly limbs, the sudden bursts of brilliance mixed with clueless confusion. Yes, the teenage years are a time of growth, change, and the occasional funky scent. Let’s face it: they smell funky sometimes. That scent is the smell of growth and change occurring at an incredible rate. Teens of the biological sort have yet to experience enough pain or pleasure to accurately calibrate their confidence. That’s why they know so much and are so good at everything.
Take driving, for example. At 16, I was absolutely the best race car driver in the world. My first accident wasn’t my fault but it still calibrated my confidence. You see, as a teenager, I was still developing what we grown-ups call common sense. Common sense comes from experience and emotion. As their scents fade, their common sense will grow to be a huge help with their cents (finances). The idea is that, over time, good behaviors are reinforced with rewards (pleasure), and bad ones are met with loss (pain), grooming us to make progressively better decisions. In other words, as we mature, our awkward scents slowly give way to sense and cents. Make sense?
If this makes sense, congratulations! You are definitely human! If not, you were either never a teenager or you are an AI bot…let’s find out.
As I’ve said before, AI is a teenager1, an important fact we’ll keep front of mind as we explore the best ways to benefit from our new teen-age virtual assistant. Before we dive in, though, we need some boundaries to ensure our rewards:
1 – Think! You’re the grown-up! Use your head. Lead your teenage interns to where they need to be.
2 – Add some human – YOU – to everything you do. Never just copy and paste!
3 – Grow! AI learns fast. Keep up by using it often.
AI and MAGgie help you not stink at what you do and make sense of things. This leads to more cents in your pocket, a sense of satisfaction in doing so, and, ultimately, the sweet smell (scent) of success. Inevitably, you’ll make more money in less time as a travel agent with a little help from our young friend.
Making sense in business is challenging. There is too much information available. Just email, Google, and social media can make our job overwhelming. That’s okay. AI, or OutsideAgents.com’ s MAGgie2, is here to help manage information so you can focus on develping the wisdom that will lead to your success. Just like parents guiding a teenager, though, we must provide structure and nurturing to develop AI’s capabilities responsibly. Here are a few secrets to up your game with AI.
Secret 1: The first secret is the “regenerate” button. If you don’t get what you want the first time, try it again. Even if you get what you want, regenerate just to be sure. The output will be different every time. You’ll know gold when you see it.
Secret 2: The second secret is capturing successes by saving prompts. Once you write a prompt that gives you what you want, save it so you can use it in the future. You should build a library of prompts over time as a super-powered toolset. Prompt Genie from MAGgie lets you copy, edit, tune, share, and save prompts. Over time, your library will become one of your most important assets as it automates your creative and business processes.
Secret 3: The third secret is that you need to talk to it very specifically. Set expectations and goals clearly. Provide examples of what you consider to be good results. Tell AI and MAGgie who they are and how to say things. For example:
GOOD: “You are a travel agent with 22 years of experience.”
BETTER: “You are a travel agent in Jacksonville, Florida, with 22 years of experience.”