Meiling Tan

learning & development | Strengths Coach

Meiling Tan Strengths School Singapore StrengthsFinder

Meiling is a Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder® Coach in Singapore and the Head of Learning & Development at Strengths School™. Meiling graduated with top honors from the University of Southern California, attaining a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. She also has a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. 

Prior to joining Strengths School™, Meiling was a teacher at City College Singapore, where she mentored young adults in the area of building strong relationships and personal development. It was here that she was first exposed to the Gallup StrengthsFinder® profiling test in 2011. As a teacher and mentor to young adults, Meiling saw firsthand how the language of strengths transformed the lives of the students and at-risk youths she was working with. Rather than having the students work on their weaknesses, she chose to discover their innate talents and potential, harnessing those in helping the students pursue their dreams.

Meiling has successfully facilitated workshops for organizations such as Singapore Red Cross, Singapore Press Holdings, Cardinal Health, and EDB Singapore. As a StrengthsFinder® Coach, she enjoys personalized 1-on-1 and small group coaching and has consistently received great feedback on her coaching sessions. Combined with her teaching expertise and repertoire of practical tools, Meiling engages individuals in a relational way and provides them with insights about themselves. Meiling is also passionate about using the StrengthsFinder® tool and bringing the language of strengths into the Singapore schools and families. In Strengths School™, Meiling focuses on digital marketing, content creation and curation, and research. She also enjoys writing articles and answering Quora questions on StrengthsFinder and StrengthsExplorer, giving people new insights and practical tools on how to use their talent themes to build stronger relationships and increase personal fulfilment.

A Learner and Achiever, Meiling is also a writer and published editor. She released her first full-length book (as the Chief Editor) in August 2016, and is currently working on two more books. In her free time, Meiling actively volunteers in her church as a writer. She also frequently travels to the Philippines, Nepal, India, and Thailand for outreach programs and youth work, where she endeavors to bring a culture of hope and practical empowerment using the Strengths Philosophy and the StrengthsFinder® tool.

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What clients are saying about Meiling Tan 

My coaching time with Meiling was highly insightful, as I now have a better understanding of why I feel restless in my current job scope. For a start, I am a group animal — that became apparent in my session with Meiling. Unfortunately, being a tutor is primarily a solo gig, and that contributes to my restlessness. She gave me a few options to create a ‘group’ to work with so that I feel a sense of purpose in my work. Second, I now understand that due to my StrengthsFinder Significance talent theme, my desire is to be a catalyst of good change, and when I feel I do not achieve that, I get affected. Also, from my session with Meiling, I now understand that my strengths are Influencing strengths — therefore the need for impact. I want to thank Meiling for the time and obvious research into my own strengths before our meet-up.
— Joseph Krishnan | Full-Time Tutor, ex-Primary School Teacher | Ministry of Education
Meiling possesses the ability to advise and highlight the strengths and blind spots I have, and suggest methods on how to overcome these blind spots with my strengths. She is sensitive and sharp at the same time in that she linked situations I’ve described to her to the strengths that I did not realise I had. She also advised me on how I could enhance my overall behaviour towards work, and to adjust my inner expectations. Overall, I feel satisfied that I am able to have a clearer view of my strengths and apply all of the new insights to my work life.
— Sherlee Choliluddin | Head of Human Resource | Singapore Red Cross Society
Understanding StrengthsFinder and the interpretation is not an easy task. But after a session with Meiling, she distilled it into something that was easy to comprehend even for the untrained. Her friendly and caring personality eased the setting, allowing my wife and I to open up about ourselves freely. Her explanation of our StrengthsFinder profiles helped us understand our strengths better and how it could be used to improve our relationships both at home and in the workplace. Meiling is a good listener and has a good grasp of how the different strengths fit well with one another and when conflicts could arise. The way she packaged and delivered the findings to us was simple to understand, yet very insightful. I’d rate our session with her a 9/10!
— Eugene Tan & Belle Wu
My session with Meiling helped me understand my strengths better, revealing whether each of my StrengthsFinder talent themes was in the infancy or maturity stages. It also allowed me to identify how my strengths play out when reflecting on past situations and circumstances I experienced. At the end of the session with Meiling, she helped me to identify one practical step to take, which allows me to implement it as soon as possible. Meiling is a good listener who seeks to understand the context I’m sharing about. She also consistently checks in on how I feel about her advice, which makes me feel like I’m being heard. She practices active listening, is calm and patient to listen, is very clear in her explanations, and asks good questions to spark and stimulate my thinking. I’d rate my session with Meiling 9/10!
— Crystal Chua | Manager | Youth Corps
My StrengthsFinder coaching session with Meiling helped me see the different maturity levels of my strengths in my life over the past few years. I understand more about my strengths too, thus I’m able to use the information to function better in my personal and working career. Meiling’s very good at listening and spotting out the different areas of my life that my strengths have been in play. The questions she asks help me discover more about myself and the traits that I have or have not been displaying too. She’s approachable and friendly and one feels comfortable talking about oneself around her. I enjoyed how her questions were thoughtful and directive - it helped me think about myself in a way that brought out the best of me. It was very good that we ended off talking about which strengths I could focus more on as it lets me have an area of my life that I can work towards and improve too. She’s clear about the different strengths and how they play out in real life so that helped me make the connection to how it relates to me. I’d rate this StrengthsFinder coaching session with Meiling 10/10.
— Kyaw Thiha Pine | Founder | Pine Photography
The StrengthsFinder coaching session with Meiling helped me identify some of my values and stands that I’ve not thought about on my own. It linked my behaviour to my strengths, which explains why I work the way I do. I now understand more why I function better in different settings, and how to use my StrengthsFinder themes to my advantage to make work/life interesting and engaging. I liked how I was able to bounce ideas off Meiling, which helped me solidify floating ideas into thoughts, and which I could get a hold of easier and link them to my other values and behavioural traits. 10/10!
— Angie Wang | Videographer and Photographer | Illuminate Productions
The coaching session with Meiling helped me to understand more about myself in terms of my strengths and whether each of my strengths are in their infancy or maturity stages. Meiling helped me to understand how to mature these talents into strengths and whether I’m on the right track. The StrengthsFinder coaching session also helped me to appreciate and celebrate my strengths, seeing them as positive rather than negative strengths. I enjoyed the questions that Meiling posed as I felt it sparked my thinking and led to more self-actualization.
— Rixin Zhang | Executive | The 3rd Space
I think Meiling’s conflict resolution and relationship workshop was very clear and very helpful. I have benefited greatly from it, learning about my strengths and how and why they can be a source of conflict with others. It has helped me to understand the strengths of my partner and myself and how they can cause conflict. Also, I’ve learnt how to speak positive words instead of criticising the other. Thank you for your wonderful guidance and your immaculate preparation. 9/10!
— Rachel Tan | Entrepreneur & Educator |
The StrengthsFinder coaching session with Meiling helped re-align my heart and direction in life. Meiling is an individual who invests in a deep connection with the people she coaches. The authenticity in our discussions and heartfelt conversations really struck me. I’m glad that the entire session felt like I was speaking with my elder sister. I enjoyed the sharing of personal stories in relation to the strengths we touched on. I love how it was a 2-way thing. I especially enjoyed it that there was lots of communication going on, and that there was a special connection that was really genuine! 10/10!
— Yap Chen Han | Youth Leader | Lighthouse Evangelism Church