Did you know that using Microsoft 365 Copilot is very similar to cooking?

It turns out that working with Microsoft 365 Copilot is a lot like cooking. Talking to Copilot requires us to put on our chef’s hat and think about what ingredients to use. It turns out that what you put in really matters. And the most important ingredient of all is context.

It tends to be the part of the recipe that we tend to forget. If you want Copilot to draft an email for you, it will probably tell you who you are sending it to and what the key points should be, but it may not mention why you are sending the message.

Nuance matters:

  • Should the tone of voice be optimistic? Conciliatory?
  • How should it make the recipient feel?
  • What should it inspire them to do?

All of these factors help Copilot provide the most relevant and ready-to-use suggestions for your draft.

With traditional search engines, we’ve been trained to use as few words as possible to generate the best results.

With Copilot, more description equals better answers. And don’t worry about using good spelling, proper grammar or clear sentence structure; those things don’t matter to Copilot.

How Copilot turns mistakes into works of art

Copilot can correct your mistakes and turn your most disorganised brain into a work of art. What Copilot cannot do is read your mind. So, if it helps you write a speech, tell it how you want the audience to feel at the end, and also how they might feel before you start:

  1. Is it first thing in the morning when the audience is full of energy and freshly brewed coffee?
  2. Or will they be in a fog after lunch?

The more thoughtful you are about these inputs, the better the results will be. At first it may seem like extra work; after all, you already know all the details, so wouldn’t it be quicker to just write the pitch yourself? But making an initial effort to make sure Copilot knows what’s in your head allows us to help you work faster throughout the project, from the first draft to the finished product.


In short, Copilot will help you enormously in your day-to-day life. But you need to know how to use it. Here are some interesting tips to help you get the best results with Copilot:

  • It is essential that you include details. If you don’t explain the information clearly and concisely, Copilot may not understand you or give you the answer you are expecting. You can even add some context to your question.
  • Structure it correctly. If you have several queries, order is very important. Keep in mind that the last parts of a query are often emphasised more than the first parts. If you want the opposite, express it meticulously.
  • Always use positive instructions. It is preferable that you explain to Copilot what you want it to do, rather than what you do not want it to do.
Gur Singh – Cloud Engineer at Itequia