My throat chakra opening was gradual. In the day to day life, I learned to speak up for myself. I didn't let myself get pushed around, taken advantage of. If I didn't like it, or did, I'd say so. Also, previously, I hated to have things around my throat. I could not bear to wear a scarf or turtle-neck sweater. (I'm dating myself here, lol) It felt like I was choking. Now that I am more balanced, I wear things that I would not have been able to before. I didn't really feel the energy of the change, but I felt the effects.
Seek peace, and you shall share in the burden of the world.