I was invited to speak at Strange Loop in St. Louis, MO, 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. I was unemployed when I spoke at the event. It took me 3 days to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 4 years.