I proposed an idea to speak at Nodevember in Nashville, TN, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. The event assisted with part of my travel and accommodation. My employer paid some of my travel expenses, and I used my PTO to speak. It took me 45 days to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a person who has been speaking for 0 years.