I proposed an idea to speak at Adobe MAX in Chicago, so I travelled internationally to speak. The event asked me to buy a ticket at full price, 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 20 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 10 years. This was a for profit event.