Telling Stories: Making Business

Autumn 2020 Programme


Name and Business

Story Title

20 October 2020, 7-9pm on Zoom.

I'm guest speaker at the Sheffield Coaching Exchange, text me for details.

Play Magic and Enchantment: Marketing Need Not be a Chore

22 October 2020, 2pm on Zoom

Deb Leonard, Deb Leonard Tropic

12 November 2020, 2pm on Zoom

Selina Hafiz, SWANNECT

26 November 2020, 2pm on Zoom

Nabeela Ahmed: Writer, Poet, Storyteller and Spoken Word Artist

Plus a Few Podcasts

Podcast 28 September 2020 onwards, Find Tell Share, Episode 4.

Guest: Mike Barker, Stand-up comedian and founder of RetFest.

Wednesday 26 August 2020, 8pm. Recording thereafter.

I'm a guest on The Zo Show with host Zoheb Sadiq of ZoCreative.

Finding Glass Unicorns

Follow this link for recording of this episode.

Winter 2021 Programme


Name and Business

Story Title

Thursday 28 January 2021, 2pm on Zoom

Laura Riley, Mums in Need (MIN)

If you would like to tell your story, please contact Chris Sissons on the mobile number at the top of the page.  I'm seeking storytellers for 10 December 2020 and then in the New Year! Normally second and fourth Thursdays at 2pm.  Meetings take place on Zoom until further notice.

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 munch and learn, whatever time it happens, feel free to bring a sandwich! 

What happens?

We make brief introductions

Today's Story-Teller tells their story:

  • the group helps them understand their story, takes it apart and puts it back together again
  • we discuss how it can best be used to promote their business
  • 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.

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Chris Sissons discusses smart coaching with 3 others.

The group usually meets second and fourth Thursdays.

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm.  (However, these dates and times may vary as we are now online and can be more flexible.  Check the programme above.)

Place: Zoom - register to receive the link.

Contribution: When this was a live event, I charged £5. I've dropped this for the online meetings.  However, if you would like to show your appreciation and buy me a notional coffee or beer, please ask for my account details.

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Testimonials from Past Storytellers

Pat Moore

An inspiring evening.

An inspiring evening (Telling Rags to Riches Stories workshop). I thought that telling your partner's story was very good. Firstly, you listened harder to retain it but secondly, hearing your story told by someone else helps you to see what points you were able to put across and what the other person would wish to highlight in your tale. It helps you to adjust your own telling of the tale.

Bryony Doran Writing Services

Great Feedback

Today I’ve given a talk on being a writer, the challenges of being a writer and how to persist in being a writer when the world is against you. I’ve received some great feedback on how to make things work better and it’s a really nice group!

Antony Baker Focussing on Photography

Useful Constructive Feedback

It was very interesting actually. I didn’t realise I’d spoken for so long, it was nice to know that people hadn’t fallen asleep. It’s nice to know they were engaged with what I was saying and I thoroughly enjoyed telling the story. I did find it a very relaxed atmosphere. I didn’t find it at all sort of ill at ease.

I was more than happy to say what I said and got very encouraging nods and yeses and various comments all the way through and certainly it’s made me think about how I tell the story in the future. I had lots and lots of useful constructive feedback from Chris and from the other members that were here. I need to go away and think about how I can refine it and how I can re-tell it to perhaps make it more engaging and more relevant to certain groups of people. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a very very useful experience. I’m going away with a lot to think about. So, thank you, Chris.

Past Sessions


Name and Business

Story Title

8 October 2020, 2pm on Zoom

Owen Gleadall, Merlinsoft Ltd

Thursday 23 July 2020, 2pm

Claudette Delderfield, Swift Change Hypnosis

Thursday 9 July 2020, 2pm

Olivia Joseph, SHAPE

SHAPE the Girl

Thursday 25 June 2020, 2pm

Suman Manghra, Manifestation Maven

Thursday 11 June 2020, 2pm

Martin Warrillow,

Thursday 28 May 2020, 3pm

Akin Ancorlee, Utility Warehouse and Fullmoon Property

23 April 2020, 4.00 - 5.30pm

Jemma Rosenthal, Find Your Voice - Music, Acting, Dance and Creativity

12 March 2020, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Antony Baker, Focussing on Photography

27 February 2020, 12.15-1.45pm

Chris Sissons, Market Together

How to Find the Promethean Flame!

13 February 2020, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Jennifer Chrouch, Iceline Cleaning

23 January 2020, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Tristan Firth, Rivelin Consulting Limited

28 November 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Ches Moulton, The Stress Master

24 October 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Angelo Balestra, Diroma 1980 - Menswear Personal Stylist

10 October 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Martin Spence, Planet Xoolon: 7th Wave

12 September 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Steve Knapp, The Sales Mindset Coach

Monday 29 July 2019, 12.00 - 2.00pm

4 Networking, Hilton Hotel

Chris Sissons, Market Together

When Don't  You Need a Copywriter?

27 June 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Rob Taylor, 0114 Marketing

13 June 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Sue Coult, Focus and Move, Wellness Coach

23 May 2019, 6.00 - 8.00pm at Sheffield Metropolitan.  4 Networking Meeting.

Chris Sissons, Market Together

Homework for Business: Stories from everyday life.  

23 May 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Carmel Page, Performance Storyteller

9 May 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Sue Curr, Fear Less - Live More

Tuesday 9 April 2019, 9.00 for 9.30am - 12.30pm

Workshop led by Chris Sissons, Market Together and Carmel Page, Performance Storyteller.

28 March 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Stephen Dawson, Financial Advisor

14 March 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Beverly Radley, Breakthrough from Within

28 February 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Olga Geidane, New Life Kick Start

Impossible is Only an Opinion

14 February 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Ruth McIntosh Brand Storyteller, Copywriter and Proof-reader

24 January 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Audrey Scully, Joy is the Key

10 January 2019, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Bryony Doran, Writing Services

13 December 2018, 12.15 - 1.45pm

Katie Bain, Games Explorers

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,

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

28 September 2017

Michelle Nicholson, Key Changes - Unlocking Women's Potential

14 September 2017

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