​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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​Get ​notice of Telling Stories meetings

​Sign up below for notice of "Telling Stories: Making Business" Lunch and Learn sessions, business story-telling workshops and other associated events.


​Spring/Summer 2018 Programme

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


​Name and Business

​Story Title

​Wednesday 11 July 2018, 6.30 - 8.30pm

​Workshop at Learn Create Sell

​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 restart second and fourth Thursdays from September 2018.  

Yen Ip Koomation Sketchbook

100 ways to tell stories

I highly recommend attending these sessions as I learned a lot from the feedback and how I can improve the technique of telling my story. I may know my own stories so well but it is an art form of how we can tell it in a fun and engaging way to our target audience who will hear it for the first time.

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

​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.)