Eco World launches toastmasters club

KUALA LUMPUR: Eco World Development Group Bhd has launched a toastmasters club geared towards enhancing its employees’ communication skills.

“The world today is about effective communication. When you want to influence or lead or manage an organisation or [group of] people or department or service your customers, you must be clearly understood,” said its chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah at the launch of EcoWorld Toastmasters yesterday.

“That [EcoWorld Toastmasters] is a way of self-enhancement for our team. Going forward, we would like to exceed service standards set by the property industry. This is part of our training,” he said.

The toastmasters club will initially consist of 25 charter club members at its central office. However, Chang hopes that similar clubs will be formed at its Penang and Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, offices.

“Although Eco World is a fairly young company, we are blessed with a good mix of young and experienced team members who we continually seek to nurture further so that they can propel us to become one of Malaysia’s leading property developers,” he said.

The toastmasters club will offer English language classes, conducted by British Council Malaysia, for all levels of staff.

Chang, meanwhile, declined to comment on the market’s reaction to Eco World’s corporate exercise which was announced on Monday.

The stock hit a high of RM5.82 on Monday after the company unveiled its plans to undergo a major corporate exercise which would include a proposed asset acquisition, share split and fund raising.

It closed down 35 sen or 6.73% at RM4.85 yesterday, giving it a market capitalisation of RM1.23 billion.

When the corporate exercise is completed, Eco World will become one of the country’s largest property developers with a total landbank of 4,433 acres (1,794ha) spread across the Klang Valley, Iskandar Malaysia and Penang.

Chang (right) with Toastmasters International president George Yen at the press conference after the launch of EcoWorld Toastmasters Club yesterday.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on Aprill 30, 2014.


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