I proposed an idea to speak at EmpireNode in New York, so I travelled domestically 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 was working while speaking at the event. It took me 30 days to prepare for my 25 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 0 years. Also, They were very organized and made getting around a breeze. Car to and from the airport was arranged. I was nervous because it was my first talk but they put me at ease.