I was invited to speak at Pecha Kucha in Ottawa. This was a local event. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. The event did not pay for my travel and accommodation. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I took unpaid time off to speak. It took me 2 days to prepare for my 8 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 2 years. This was a not for profit event. Also, it was a great experience.