Update: Many of you have graciously pointed out the phrase is more accurately “without further ado,” not "adieu." Duh! (word guy hangs his head in shame) Thank you! I've updated the post.
Emcees do it. Webinar moderators do it. Heck, we’ve probably all done it at one time or another.
“Without further ado, let me introduce…”
Here’s the problem.
It's not "adieu." (Remember, I blew it, too)
Adieu means “goodbye.” The phrase “without further adieu” means “without further goodbyes.” In other words, “I’m outta here.” “I’m done hanging on and saying we should stay in touch and this-time-I-really-mean-it-I’m-going.”
The phrase, more accurately, is "without further ado." But that doesn't entirely solve the problem because "ado" still connotes triviality. In other words, what you've been saying is not important.
Here’s what to do.
Better: If you can’t stop yourself using this as a transition phrase say, “Without further delay.”
Best: Quit implying that what you’ve said before introducing the speaker was useless (and a delay that wasted the time of everyone in the audience).
If what you say before introducing the speaker is useless, cut it out and find another way to communicate that information.
If what you say before introducing the speaker is not useless,
- Deliver it like it is important
- Pause, and
- Make the next thing that comes out of your mouth, “Now, let me introduce you to…