I was invited to speak at Nordicjs in Stockholm , so I travelled internationally to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I used my PTO to speak. It took me 1 month to prepare for my 30 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a Woman who has been speaking for 6 years.