​​Telling Stories: Making Business

Autumn 2018 Programme

Where the weekday is not specified, it is a Thursday Lunch and Learn.  Details of these meetings are below the programme.  Click on links in column three to register with Eventbrite.


Name and Business

Story Title

​13 ​December 2018, ​12.15 - ​1.45pm

​Katie ​Bain, ​Games Explorers

​Winter 201​9 Programme

Where the weekday is not specified, it is a Thursday Lunch and Learn.  Details of these meetings are below the programme.  Click on links in column three to register with Eventbrite.


Name and Business

Story Title

​1​0 ​January 201​9, ​12.15 - ​1.45pm

​Bryony Doran, Writing Services

​24 ​January 201​9, ​12.15 - ​1.45pm

​​Audrey Scully, ​Joy is the Key

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 but not 27 December!  ​I'm seeking storytellers for ​February 2019 onwards!

Storytelling helps us find an audience who care about our purpose.  They help us communicate who we are and our business values.  Facts and figures go only so far, stories are remembered and demand a response from those who hear or read them.

The Telling Stories: Making Business Facebook Page includes posts about Telling Stories events and loads of ideas about storytelling.  Please visit and like the page.

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 ​above.

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Testimonials from Past Storytellers

Natalie-Claire Luwisha Success Coach

Put Audiences at the Centre of my Story

The best thing I've learned today is how to put audiences at the centre of my story, so that they can relate and identify themselves with my story.

I found the feedback very helpful and it helped me to put a structure to my story.

Audrey Scully Purity Natural Healing

Improve How You Get Your Business Across

I really enjoyed it. I told my story and I must admit I didn’t prepare it before because I never do. I had great feedback about how I can alter it, how I can improve on it. And what I can bring across to connect more people to want to come to me and my business. Chris is a really good mentor in this and so I recommend anyone who would like to come across and would like to improve how they get their business across to come to this Telling Stories.

Jo Cavalot Dottymow Ltd

Not Just a Life Story!

It was fantastic. Really enjoyed it actually. Came along, didn’t quite know what to expect. I was a little bit … kind of well I’ve only got one story and I thought it was pretty straightforward really, telling a story. But I’ve learned masses! I’ve learned about kind of trying to put it in a different way, trying to make it into something that people can relate to but not in a boring way, not just a life story, which is kind of what I’ve always tried to do before. So it was about sort of actually taking a piece, making a picture, making that element of it. Something people can see, they can feel, in a magical way, not necessarily in a boring factual “oh this is what happened” kind of way but actually creating a story and that sounds really obvious now but it’s not something I thought about and to get feedback from five other people, kind of honest feedback – about this works, this doesn’t, what about trying that, make sure you pick this bit up. It’s been really, really good and I’m going to take that away and practice this and redo something because I gave another thing on Monday and I’m going to try it out there. So, I will be feeding back about how the rewritten version went in the future but it was great. Thank you, Chris

Sarah Hattersley Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

I Highly Recommend It

I found it really interesting. It was great to get the feedback on my story and obviously look at different ways in which I can amend it and make it better. So yes I found it really useful and there were some really good comments come back from the group, so I would highly recommend it.

​​​​​​Past Sessions


​Name and Business

​Story Title

22 November 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Susie Moore, More4yourmoney

Monday 12 November 2018, 6.30 - 9.00pm

Chris Sissons speaking at Public Speaking Academy Curry Club

Storytelling in Marketing

8 November 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Barry Dovey, BDCMA Accountants

Monday 29 October 2018, 4.30 - 6.00pm

Chris Sissons speaking at 0114 Marketing Power Hour

Telling Your Business Story to Grow Your Business ... Fast!

25 October 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Stuart McAdie, Revital u

11 October 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Jo Cavalot, Dottymow Limited

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Workshop at Learn Create Sell, led by Chris Sissons

27 September 2018, 12.15-1.45pm

Jurys Inn, Eyre Street

Telling Stories Demonstration Event​.  Jacky Gozzard, Moon Penny Therapy

13 September 2018, 12.15-1.45pm

Siobhan Louise Moss, The Innate Self-Love Project

​​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.)