I proposed an idea to speak at EnterJS in Cologne, 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 used my PTO to speak. It took me 3 days to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 2 years. This was a for profit event.