I proposed an idea to speak at ACE in Krakow, Poland, so I travelled internationally 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 3 days to prepare for my 40 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a Man who has been speaking for 5 years.