​Why Are You in Business?

​For many businesses it is more than making a living.  It is ...

... having a purpose

​... finding your personal path

Owning a business helps you find your place in the world.

The stories we tell help us find our audience, who care about our purpose.  They help us communicate who we are and for the self-employed this is crucial.

Telling Stories: Making Business is a twice monthly lunch and learn.  

What happens?

​We order lunch* and make brief introductions

​Today's Story-Teller tells their story:

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    the group helps them understand their story, takes it apart and puts it back together again
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    ​we discuss how it can best be used to promote their business
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    we consider the media they use to tell the story

​At the end we go round with 1 minute each to introduce our own business and say how this session has helped your business.

*Please order lunch at The Rude Shipyard.  Food available includes meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.  You can order from approx £4.50 - £7.50.  

Details of meetings are below.  Please sign up on Eventbrite so that we can offer The ​Rude Shipyard an idea of numbers.

If you ​search on Eventbrite, please ​look out for this image:

Chris Sissons discusses smart coaching with 3 others.

​The group meets second and fourth Thursdays.

​Time: 12.15 - 1.45pm

Place: ​​The Rude Shipyard, 89 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FE.  ​​​​​

Contribution: £​5 at the door.  (We buy lunch for the Story-Teller and the rest covers my overheads.)

​I also run occasional storytelling workshops.  These are evening meetings and can be on any day of the week.  

Details of workshops are in the programme below.

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​Autumn 2018 Programme

Click on the links in column three to ​reg​ister with Eventbrite.


​Name and Business

​Story Title

​13 September 2018, 12.15-1.45pm

​Siobhan Louise Moss, The Innate Self-Love Project

​27 September 2018, 12.15-1.45pm

​​Stuart McAdie


​​​Wednesday ​3 ​October 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm

​Workshop at Learn Create Sell

​11 October 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

​Jo Cavalot, Dottymow Limited

​25 October 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

​Marie Novak - Psychotherapist

​Monday 29 October 2018, 4.30 - 6.00pm

​Chris Sissons speaking at 0114 Marketing Power Hour


​8 November 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

​Barry Dovey, BDCMA Accountants


​If you would like to tell your story, please contact Chris Sissons ​on the mobile number at the top of the page.  ​Lunch and Learns ​second and fourth Thursdays from 13 September 2018.  Vacancies  in November and December 2018 (or the New Year!)

Helen Lodge Union Homes

I Enjoy Telling My Story

I’ve realised today through telling my story, that you know actually people do like to see the vulnerable side of you and I do enjoy telling my story because I know, I have realised, I can empower people and whether I can use this to grow my business, that’s another thing. I’ve got some ideas now of potentially doing a small video and putting it out there. It’s something that I’ve not done before, wear my heart on my sleeve but I think I feel comfortable enough now to do it and I have realised people have enjoyed hearing it and it could potentially help me to help other people.

Matthew Woodhall Meshviz

Fantastic Conversation About My Story

It’s been a fantastic conversation today, about my story, how I got to where I’ve got to in business today, with like-minded individuals, all looking to help each other out. I’ve had some really good feedback and I’m feeling really confident moving forward and developing my story and my public speaking skills and my business skills further in the future.

​​Past Sessions


​Name and Business

​Story Title

​​Wednesday 11 July 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm

​​Workshop at Learn Create Sell

​14 ​June 2018

​​​Rebecca Norton, Sense of Direction

​24 May 2018

​​Yen Ip, Koomation Sketchbook

​Humour Kills Tumour

​10 May 2018

​Angga Kara, Inner Fire Coach

26 April 2016

Natalie-Claire Luwisha, Success Coach

It All Started With 5% More Confidence 

​12 April 2018

​Sian Podmore, Be Outdoors

​From Bombay to Bamford

​22 March 2018

​Sarah Hattersley, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

​8 March 2018

​Zoe Robinson, Hypnotherapy by Zoe

​22 February 2018

​Trev Baker, Life Rolls On

​8 February 2018

​Dr Jonathan Frost, Fix-My-PC.net

​​From Physicist To Firewalker

​25 ​January 2018

​​Zoe Wadsworth, FAB Events

​11 January 2018

​​Matthew ​Woodhall, ​Meshviz

​14 December 2017

​Helen Lodge, Union Homes

​23 November 2017

​​Robert Pearce, The Marketing Ladder

​9 November 2017

​Audrey Scully, Purity Natural Healing

​26 October 2017

​Lee Furness, Public Speaking Academy

​12 October 2017

​Mark Kehoe, Inspire Confidence Coaching

My Life So Far​​​

​28 Septemb​er 2017

​Michelle Nicholson, Key Changes - Unlocking Women's Potential

​14 September 2017

​Andrew Bennett, Hartcliff Limited (Financial planning with built in peace of mind.)