I was invited to speak at Refresh Ottawa 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 5 days to prepare for my 40 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, The group was informal so it was a relaxing speaking experience, and I got free pizza. Worth it for the experience, but it was a lot of work to prepare.