I proposed an idea to speak at WebVisions in Portland, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was paid 500 USD to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer paid some of my travel expenses, and I was working while speaking at the event. It took me 2 weeks to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a person who has been speaking for 2 years.