Breakfast Networking Club: Is Your Speaking Voice Sabotaging Your Career?

You may be the smartest person in the room, but if your speaking style is unpolished you will never be heard. Or worse, heard but not heeded. 

This, according to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, who writes in her bestseller, Lean In, that the way women communicate to management, colleagues, and clients is holding them back in the workplace.

Lucky for Verity Members, fellow Member and president of Speech Science International, Bonnie Gross, helps people speak more effectively and she recently shared her top tips at the October breakfast gathering. If you missed it, here are the highlights:

1. Get rid of negative speech habits such as “um” and poor pronunciation.

2. Remember that your voice is a powerful tool and use accordingly.

3. Use your posture and facial expressions to make people listen to your ideas.

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Entertaining Ideas

GEORGE sommelier Brie’s favourite sangria variations are bright, fresh, thirst-quenching, and highlight the flavours of the season.

The best part about these recipes? You can assemble the night before, in fact, sangria benefits from a day in the fridge before serving. More time to relax and enjoy hosting the party!


White Sangria

with Riesling, citrus, and orchard fruits

Riesling is a white wine grape grown widely across Germany and Canada’s Niagara region. Its bright citrus and white peach flavours and vibrant, often slightly sweet, palate are perfect as the base for a fresh summer sangria.

Serves 4-6

  • 1 x 750ml bottle of Riesling
  • ¾ cup Triple Sec, Apricot brandy, or any combination of similarly flavoured liquors
  • Juice from ½ lemon and 1 lime
  • 1 cup peach juice or nectar - ½ cup for sangria, reserve ½ cup for freezing into peach ice cubes
  • 2 white peaches, chopped - reserve small portion for peach ice cubes
  • Sprigs of fresh mint to garnish
  • Soda water to top

For Sangria


Combine all ingredients (except ice cubes, soda, and mint sprigs) into a glass pitcher the night before. The next day, serve each wine glass with a sprig of mint and a few ice cubes and top with a splash of soda.

For Peach ice cubes

Add a few pieces of chopped peach pieces to each square of the ice cube tray. Top with peach juice/nectar and a small mint leaf and freeze. These are optional, if you are pressed for time regular ice cubes will be fine.

Pink Sangria

with rosé, summer berries, and lavender

Rosé season is back! Celebrate it with this pretty pink sangria that embraces summer berries and florals. Brie prefers using a rosé from Ontario or the south of France.

Serves 4-6

  • 1 x 750ml bottle of Rosé
  • ¾ cup Cherry Brandy, Alize Red, a combination of the two, or any other favorite berry liquor
  • Juice from ½ an orange - reserve small amount of orange peel zest for garnish in a damp paper towel in the fridge overnight
  • 1 cup raspberry juice - ½ cup for sangria, reserve ½ cup for berry ice cubes
  • ½ cup strawberry puree - reserve ¼ cup for berry ice cubes
  • 1 cup seasonal berries - Brie likes to use Ontario strawberries and raspberries, chopped if necessary. Reserve small portion for berry ice cubes.
  • Sprigs of Lavender - thyme works well as a substitute
  • Soda water to top

For Sangria

Assemble all ingredients except the ice cubes, lavender, and orange zest in a glass pitcher the night before. As with the White Peach Sangria, serve in a wine glass, adding the lavender, berry ice cubes, and orange zest to each one, topping with a splash of soda water. Sip, smile, repeat!

For Berry ice cubes

As with the peach version, fill tray with raspberry juice, strawberry puree, and a fresh berry. Add small amount of pulled lavender. Freeze overnight.

Seasonal Prep

It’s sleeveless season again, are you ready for it? We can help! Verity’s fitness expert Paige has the PERFECT toning exercise to make your pipe dreams a reality.

Why push-ups?

Push-ups are Fitness Director Paige Rose’s favourite toning exercise because they are a full-body functional exercise (uses your entire body) and they do a tremendous job defining the abs, triceps, shoulders, and torso.


How many and how often?

Paige advises working towards 3 sets of 10-15 push-ups (including modified push-ups), or as many as you can complete while still maintaining good form, every other day.


When can you see results?

If you do these reps every other day you will see results in 1-2 weeks.

Summer Style

If space is at premium in your weekend tote, then you need to know our top 3 skincare picks for easy summer skin.

Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisturizer

The perfect all-in-one product to toss in your bag as your run out the door! With a light hydrating formula, this moisturizer provides an all-day sheer wash of colour AND broad spectrum sunscreen to shield against damaging UV rays.


Weather Warrior MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

After a day out on the lake or at the beach, your skin may be screaming for a little relief from the sun and wind – that’s where MaskerAide comes in. Their Weather Warrior sheet mask is made with aloe, green tea, witch hazel, and argan oil to help soothe and heal skin after a day outdoors.


Sun Bum

Sun Bum sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays and Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals which are the main cause of premature skin aging. Sun Bum Sunscreens are tested, approved, and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF).

Visit the spa to purchase one of these products or for more information!