I was invited to speak at World Usability Day in Cleveland, 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 did not pay my travel expenses, and I was working while speaking at the event. It took me 10 days to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 2 years.