Of all the media industry cliches, getting a body language expert to comment on a situation is perhaps the strangest. Major international relations talks? Let’s get the body language experts onto it. Reality television finale secrets? Get a body language expert here stat.

These oft-derided experts may well be worthy of mockery but here at Crikey we wanted to know a bit more about how the so-called industry worked before we jumped to conclusions. We approached Australian voice coach and body language expert Dr Louise Mahler for what turned out to be an informative and colourful right of reply.