​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.  

​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.)

​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.

​Winter 2018 Programme

Click on the links in column three to book your Eventbrite tickets.


​Name and Business

​Story Title

​26 April 2016

Natalie-Claire Luwisha, Success Coach

​10 May 2018

​Angga Kara, Inner Fire Coach

​24 May 2018

​To be announced

Wait and see!​

​14 June 2018

6 for 6.30pm until 9pm


​Evening story-telling event

​Eventbrite link to follow, put the date in your diary.

​If you would like to tell your story, please contact Chris Sissons ​on the mobile number at the top of the page.  Currently ​the fourth Thursdays ​in ​May and ​June 2018 are free.

Michelle Nicholson Key Changes: Unlocking Women's Potential

Great Time Telling My Story

I had a great time telling my story to Chris Sissons and the audience. It helped me to go on to give my story at a conference this last weekend on the 7th October in an arena of experts by experience and academic experts. My talk was well recieved and I was described at being able to tackle key issues in the criminal issues but whilst being able to talk from the heart. Thanks to everyone that heard me at this session I appreciate your feedback.

Mark Kehoe Inspire Confidence Coaching

Excellent Feedback to Help Me Enormously as a Speaker

I recently attended the storytelling event run by Chris Sissons as a speaker sharing my story. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I have to say that Chris is one of the most nicest and genuine people you will ever meet. He helped me so much when it came to formatting my story so that I can present it to people in the best way possible. He gave me some excellent feedback which is going to help me enormously as a speaker and I am so grateful to him for this. He also very kindly gave me a coaching session where he helped me to come up with an amazing idea in how I can promote myself as a speaker and coach and I am so very grateful for this as It will help me to connect with so many people who are looking for positive changes in their lives. I would absolutely recommend that anyone wanting to share there story attend this event. Chris Sissons is very good at what he does and I feel very grateful that I was given the opportunity to share my story at this amazing event. Thank you

​​Past Sessions


​Name and Business

​Story Title

​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.)