Inspiration: Christina Doukouziani - YouTuber and Video Content Strategist

Inspiration: Christina Doukouziani – Video Communication Strategist and YouTube Instructor

The women I meet in my life are pure gold and the timing is never a coincidence. I truly believe that. Only a few years ago I started watching Christina Doukouziani’s YouTube Channel “Make Video Greece”, a channel for Greek speakers who want to start their journey on YouTube or want to use video to promote their business and services.

Christina feels like the girl next door who has done a great job identifying a niche and creating valuable content for her audience. I love her videos, the structure, the themes, the tips, and the simple approach she has.

Her style resonated with me, and her content was very useful and practical – I was also hooked because she seemed so passionate about the topic. As I like to challenge myself and experiment with different types of creativity, I signed up for her workshops on video creation which are very informative and provide a step-by-step framework for beginners like me.

In this interview, you can read more about Christina, how she started her YouTube Channel, what’s her philosophy, what her life in Thessaloniki looks like, her favourite travel experiences so far and much more. Take a sit back, and enjoy reading:

Would you suggest a song to hear while reading your interview?

Lately, I’ve been captivated by ‘Je te laisserai des mots’ by Patrick Watson. It’s a song that feels like a gentle breeze, capable of transporting you to distant, serene places.

You can have a listen here.

How would you introduce yourself in a paragraph? 

Ever since I was a little girl, mesmerized by the adventures of Huey, Dewey, and Louie in Walt Disney’s Junior Woodchucks, I’ve seen myself as an explorer at heart. My life has been a canvas of exploration, driven by a deep-seated curiosity to seek, learn, experiment, and savor the essence of new experiences. I love the joy of reading, the thrill of travel, and the richness of connecting with people from all corners of the globe. I am always on the move, in pursuit of growth and new horizons.

When and why did you start your YouTube channel Make Video Greece?

I launched Make Video Greece back in 2017, driven by a vision to bridge a crucial gap in the Greek-speaking community. At that time, there was a noticeable lack of resources in Greek on how to create and manage a YouTube channel effectively. I saw an opportunity to not only share my knowledge but also to create a platform where Greek speakers could learn, grow, and express themselves through video creation. My channel was born out of a passion to empower others with the skills and confidence to tell their stories and share their voices.

Was it challenging for you to start your YouTube Channel? Can you share some of the fears/challenges you had before starting and how you overcame them?

Starting my own YouTube channel was indeed a mix of excitement and challenge. One of my initial fears was the uncertainty of audience reception. Would my content resonate with viewers? Would I be able to effectively communicate my knowledge in an engaging way? Would I be able to overcome my fear of the camera? There was also the technical side of things – mastering video editing, understanding YouTube’s algorithms, and generating new engaging content.

To overcome these challenges, I focused on thorough preparation and research. I spent time learning about video production and YouTube strategies, I traveled to the United states to learn from the best on how to promote a business through YouTube  and actively sought feedback to refine my content. The key was to start – to take that first step despite the fears. I realized that growth and learning are part of the process, and with each video, I became more confident and skilled. I kept repeating to myself that “Done is Better than Perfect” cause many times being a perfectionist is a big barrier.

Which audience do you want to reach/serve with your content and business?

My content and business are primarily geared towards empowering a diverse range of professionals, I aim to serve those who are experts in their respective fields but may need guidance in harnessing the power of digital and video content to expand their reach. My goal is to equip these professionals with the skills and knowledge to effectively communicate their unique value propositions, engage with their audiences, and grow their online presence, ultimately enhancing their business impact and reach.

According to you, when should someone consider creating their own YouTube channel and why?

Creating your own YouTube channel is a strategic move for anyone looking to build and grow their personal brand. Unlike traditional media platforms, such as waiting for TV programs to grant you an interview, YouTube empowers you with the ability to own your media. It provides a direct channel to your audience, enabling you to craft and disseminate your message exactly how you see fit.

YouTube’s expansive reach offers unparalleled opportunities to establish yourself as a thought leader in your field. It’s a platform where you can consistently showcase your expertise, share insights, and connect with viewers on a personal level. This continuous engagement helps in building trust and credibility with your audience.

What’s your number one tip for someone who is starting now to create their YouTube channel? 

My number one tip for someone starting their own YouTube channel is to prioritize consistency. Regularly posting content not only helps in building a loyal audience, but it also improves your skills as a creator. Consistency is key in keeping your audience engaged and in signaling to YouTube’s algorithm that your channel is active and relevant.

Inspiration: Christina Doukouziani - YouTuber and Video Content Strategist

Can you tell us a few words about the different online courses you offer through Make Video Academy?

Make Video Academy is your gateway to mastering video communication in the digital age. We offer three comprehensive courses tailored for business owners and content creators.

  1. Talk with Confidence on Camera: This on-demand course is perfect for those just starting out. It guides you through overcoming camera shyness, enhancing your video communication skills, and setting up simple yet effective equipment using just a mobile phone. It’s ideal for anyone looking to make their first confident step into video content creation.
  2. YouTube Success: Also an on-demand course, ‘YouTube Success’ is designed for those aiming to build and grow a robust YouTube channel. It offers a complete roadmap, from channel creation to client attraction. This course ensures you invest your time wisely, following proven steps to success without having to ‘reinvent the wheel.’
  3. Video For Business: This is a 10-week private program, taught live via Zoom. It’s an intensive course where I personally guide you through creating short form videos under 60 seconds. You learn how to select engaging video topics, scriptwriting for maximum engagement, utilizing ChatGPT’s AI for efficiency, presenting confidently on camera, editing on your mobile, and optimally uploading your videos on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook.

Each course is crafted to empower you with the skills to not just make videos, but to make videos that captivate, build trust, and convert.

Sign up for the online course (in Greek only) –  “YouTube Success | Η επιτυχημένη μέθοδος για να αναπτύξεις το επαγγελματικό σου κανάλι στο YouTube”

Sign up for the online course (in Greek only) – “Μίλα με αυτοπεποίθηση στην κάμερα μέσα σε 30 ημέρες” 

 

Do you have any favourite podcasts/Instagram accounts/youtubers that you love to follow and be inspired? Or any books that helped you in your own journey as an entrepreneur?

Some of my favorite books are:

The 4 hours work week – Tim Ferriss

Fascinate – Sally  Hogshead

Think fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman

Profit First – Mike Michalowicz

 

Which are your values & life philosophy?

My values and life philosophy revolve around continuous growth, having fun, and making a positive impact. I believe in the power of lifelong learning and the pursuit of knowledge, not just as a means to achieve professional success, but as a way to enrich life’s experiences.

I am committed to making a positive impact, whether it’s through the work I do, the content I create, or the relationships I build. I hold a strong conviction that we each have the power to contribute positively to our communities and the world at large. This belief shapes my decisions and actions, inspiring me to engage in work that not only fulfills me but also benefits others.

What do you love most about your everyday life in Thessaloniki? 

Thessaloniki’s waterfront is my favorite spot and above all it’s the warm and welcoming spirit of people.

Could you share with us some of your favourite addresses/experiences in Thessaloniki? Where do you take your guests when visiting you?

Whenever friends come to visit me in Thessaloniki, I always have a couple of must-do’s lined up. First off, I’m a huge nature buff, so a trip to Mount Olympus is always on the agenda. It’s not every day you get to visit the mountain of the Gods, right? The views are stunning and there’s this sense of awe you feel up there.

Back in the city, I love showing off the Ladadika district. It’s this vibrant, colorful part of Thessaloniki that’s just bursting with life. We usually stroll around the cobbled streets, soak up the lively atmosphere, and maybe grab a bite at one of the many amazing tavernas there. It’s the perfect place to experience the city’s vibe and catch up over some delicious Greek food.

What was your favorite travel experience so far and why?

Bali, Indonesia, hands down, has been my all-time favorite travel spot. I spent about a month and a half there living as a digital nomad and it was epic. Joining a group of digital nomads was the coolest part. We were like this big, creative family sharing an awesome experience.

Bali is so much more than just pretty beaches and Instagram-worthy spots. It’s about this whole vibe of living differently. I got to hang out with super creative and smart people from all over the world. We’d work together, share our crazy travel stories, and sometimes just chill and enjoy the beauty of Bali.

Inspiration Christina Doukouziani – Video Communication Strategist and YouTube Instructor

 

What does Greece mean to you?

Greece means Paradise. A country blessed with amazing landscapes, beautiful nature, islands, mountains, crystal waters, we have it all.

The climate, the light, the delicious Mediterranean harvests.

It’s an incredible mix of everything I love.

The next trip you are currently planning is…

Thailand.

If you had a magical wand, what would you change in the world today?

I’d sprinkle a little extra kindness everywhere. A world where everyone’s just a bit nicer to each other would be a pretty cool place to live in, don’t you think?

What makes you happy?

A good laugh with friends, that feeling of satisfaction after a hard day’s work, or just kicking back with a good book or some music. I love those moments of connection, whether it’s a deep conversation or just goofing around.

Being outdoors is a big one too – there’s something about being in nature, whether it’s a hike in the hills or a walk by the beach, that just resets everything.

 

Thank you, dear Christina, for this interview and your amazing work!

Photo Copyright: all the photographs have been kindly provided by Christina Doukouziani.

Connect with Christina here:

Social media links:

YouTube 

Instagram

TikTok 

Facebook 

LinkedIn 

Email: info (at) christinadoukouziani.com

Online Courses

Sign up for the online course (in Greek only) –  “YouTube Success | Η επιτυχημένη μέθοδος για να αναπτύξεις το επαγγελματικό σου κανάλι στο YouTube”

Sign up for the online course (in Greek only) – “Μίλα με αυτοπεποίθηση στην κάμερα μέσα σε 30 ημέρες” 

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Inspiration Christina Doukouziani – Video Communication Strategist and YouTube Instructor

 

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