Robert Scoble is an A List speaker in the tech community. Despite plenty of experience I am closer to X or Y in the alphabet. One awkward subject with any speaking gig is arranging payment for expenses. Most of us have a job. We work. Work takes time. So time spent traveling (the majority) and speaking (the minority of the time on any given trip) is time spent away from billable work. Asking if money is available to fund the trip is the right thing to do. So this post is unfortunate.
I also like Robert’s shout-out to Ayn Rand (he doesn’t say that, my interp) from Scoble’s post:
It’s my responsibility to make PodTech make a profit. IT IS MY
RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT AS FEW RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS ON MY BUSINESS AS
POSSIBLE. And, yes, if there is money available to cover my expenses it
IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK FOR THEM!
Now, as someone running a business I would likely encourage Robert to be even more direct. The goal of business is "to make a profit." Not control expenses, although that is part of making a profit.
Profit enables you to hire PEOPLE. People are the force that does good. People need to eat. Therefore you should pay them. Therefore you must make a profit, hire good people, let good people make a positive impact on society.